Early Hitlerjugend (Hitler Youth) Membership Pin

$100.00

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The first HJ membership badge was a round cap badge introduced in 1929. In 1933 a second pattern HJ membership badge was introduced and utilized through-out the Third Reich era. The second pattern membership badge was utilized in a metal and enamel form on the headgear and brown shirt uniform and in a cloth form on sports shirts etc.. After the introduction of the second pattern badge in 1933 the first pattern badge was still worn as a “traditions” badge until the introduction of the Golden HJ Honor Badge in June 1934.

This example is one of the earliest 1933 types made, the front has some light wear with no major chips or cracks, the reverse hardware is also still attached and undamaged. Most encountered have RZM makers marks, this early type has the “Ges. Gesch” the abbreviation for “Gesetzlich Geschutzt” the German equivalent of a trademark/copyright. Great example!