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Sunday, 7 October 2012

Nürnberg 1929 Party Day Badge

The Nuremberg Rally was the annual rally of the NSDAP (Nazi Party) in Germany, held from 1923 to 1938. These Reichsparteitag or Reich national party convention were large Nazi propaganda events held at the Nazi party rally grounds in Nuremberg from 1933 to 1938 meant to symbolize the solidarity between the German people and the Nazi Party. Each annual rally was given a programmatic theme and in 1929 in relation to this particular badge, the 4th Party Congress, was known as the "Day of Composure" and held on August 2, 1929.

This 1929 badge was the very first NSDAP award which pre-dates the Blood Order and the Coburg Badge, making it the 1st official NSDAP award. Early badges that were sold at the Rally were not stamped with RZM marks and only showed the maker which in this badge shown is made by Hoffstätter. The RZM badges were produced after 1936 when it became an Honor award of the Party, marked with the numeral 15, or in a solid backed version both by the same firm of Ferdinand Hoffstätter, Bonn am Rhein. Bronze and silver versions exist with the silver variant pictured here. From author's own collection.

Above is a late issue of the Silver version of the Nürnberg 1929 party day badge, as evident from the maker mark on the reverse, showing RZM M1/15 for the firm Ferdinand Hoffstätter, based in Bonn am Rhein. Made of stamped metal, the details are well preserved and the pin is firmly soldered. There are differences between the first issue (described in the article below) and that of the later version (as shown below). In the first issue badge, the Nürnberg cityscape is shown to be more defined and the text more sharply executed. More distinctively, the background has a finely textured finish while in the later version shown below, has coarser pebbled finish and the letters less well defined. On the reverse, the first pattern has the full text of the maker Hoffstätter Bonn and Ges. Geschützt stamped on the pinning disc, while the later variant only shows RZM M1/15. In the photo from Life magazine, Hitler is shown wearing the badge, recognised as an official party award after the event. From author's own collection.