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Matthew Macleod

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  1. Frontbann or another name for then banned SA, was an organization that was rather short lived- only around 10 months in existence or until the SA ban was officially lifted. Although the organization at the time of its existence had its special insignia, including badges, this one here is a commemorative badge that was established around 7 years after the actual entity ceased to exist. At the time of its introduction it even achieved a status of a official badge of the NSDAP. Unfortunately, just like the organization it represented, its official status was removed and the badges were not to be worn by those entitled anymore by the end of 1934. Also known as the badge of the Old Guard.
  2. Few years before the SW68 period but few Junckers there decided to pose for a pic.
  3. Looks like it's a currently awarded medal of an active organization. Apparently comes in three classes but the specific award criteria are unknown to me.
  4. Interesting piece. I can only add that it was originally designed by G. Weber, a well known medalist of the period. I think Uwe might be right about the medal being re-purposed for a ribboned piece. Those I have seen in the past were non-portable, unless of course they made both varieties. The size of the non-portable ones is 40 mm. What is the size of this one?
  5. With personalities like Goering, Himmler, Todt, Lutze, Hitler and few others as the recipients of the West Wall medal, I'd say it was everyone's territory.
  6. The red stripe on the Randow Cross ribbon has retained its red color rather well which leads me to believe that the last ribbon is that of a West Wall Medal rather than that of a Gallipoli Star which would presumably hold its color just as well. Also- the Gallipoli Star white stripes are thicker than those of a West Wall decoration making the middle (red) stripe more narrow (or wider in the case of a West Wall Medal) which is what seem to be visible on the bar under discussion.Just my opinion of course. Sorry, can't help in regards to the rest of your research but hope you find all you're looking for.
  7. Here's one of my favorite stickpins. I'd like it even more if I could find out what exactly it was given for (or even if it was awarded and not simply offered for sale).
  8. Namely Wehrwirtschaftführer Abzeichen & Todt Preis in Steel. The WWF is far from being a popular or even common piece, but I was surprised when used the search function as apparently there are none shown here before. The Todt badge is one of the so called 'private purchase' zinc pieces. It is often confused with the silver grade of the same. Best way to tell is to look at the hardware- steel grade will have its pin and catch artificially blackened while silver will have its in, well, silver.
  9. That is an imposing design as well. I think I have seen that model utilized for different festivities. Apparently it wasn't an uncommon practice back then- the company that originally introduced the piece retained their rights to the initial design that was utilized for different meetings in the future- it's what happened with Gau Ost Hannover badge (which also, coincidentally, helped determine their maker). I'll see if I can find the piece I am talking about in my files although it might take a bit. Meantime- one more Gau badge that became a 'poster child' for the Gau badges in general (no pun intended). Classic design- wreath denoting Victory, swastika, denoting those who took it, and a little snobistic touch in the center for those who did not recognize the piece on the wearer's uniform. Whichever variety it was- It said all that needed to be said.
  10. West German Customs Service set. This one is that of a Zollwachmeister rank.
  11. Splendid duo. Thanks for sharing. I can see why some favor F.W. Assmann. Starting out in 1826, he was one of the pioneers in the industry where very few existing companies thrived & survived and even fewer decided to start up. Ole Friedrich Wilhelm (and his son Eugene of course) certainly left a legacy doing what they did best. Their company survived for almost 200 years and their quality never faded. That says something about their way of doing things. Their old buildings were torn down not too long ago. When they were still intact, there was an handsome, cast iron plaque with their name and logo on it. Someone tried to remove it at some point but the old bugger proved to be too much hassle and although it got a little bent and scratched, it never came lose. I wonder what became of that plaque now that the buildings have been demolished..
  12. Here's my duo. The one on the right is the silver (participants) version. The yellow color encompassing most of the obverse is a sealing agent that turned yellow over the last 80 odd years. A feature that is missing from the badge's verso. The other one is the bronze spectators version. Both are tombak based judging by their weight.
  13. By the time those badges were being boxed up for delivery , there were very few veteran workers at the famous factory. It's been said that prior to 1933, even as big as they were at the time, most of their products were made to order from different countries, mostly South America but also Scandinavia and Holland. The year 1933 and the new Regime brought CEJ along with other medal makers another lease on professional existence since very little was produced prior to that time, for German market anyways. Post 1933, Juncker had to expand their existing staff to about 300% just to be able to keep up with the production demands. It truly became a conglomerate. Most long-time workers were delegated to overseeing positions with junior associates taking over most of the 'hands-on' machine duties but few remained, mostly where it was necessary to operate machines and use their specialized handiwork.On to quality control of course. It wasn't uncommon to see artisans who were there for 40 or 50 years. Those were the ones that over time became the heart and soul of that factory. Their skills can still be observed today, through their products, long after they're gone. Over times the materials became little less fancy due to the constraints of the times but the production techniques continued to be a benchmark of the entire industry, for years, even after the guns fell silent in 1945. Nice badges & thanks for showing- always happy to see something from my favorite maker.
  14. I don't think it cupal we're looking at. As we know cupal is a fusion between aluminum and copper, sometimes incorrectly referred to as "copper plated aluminum". It's not plated, the two layers are fused together as layers/sheets. In the case of your badges, we can't see the line where the top (copper) layer ends and aluminum base begins as we do on other, cupal based pieces. Furthermore- judging by the pic of the sheared edge on the bronze piece, particularly the cross guard part- we see what appears to be either spots of rust or exposed bronze layer. Since aluminum does not rust (it oxidizes), it's either exposed bronze base material we see or a bronze plating undercoat on a straight aluminum badge. Whatever the case, it would not be present on a cupal piece (why copper plate cupal badge?) My opinion only, of course. It might help to determine what the base materials are by comparing the weight of the piece with another known specimen.
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