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GERMAN BADGES AND AWARDS PINS, HINGES AND MORE -

This section of the website provides a view of the different methods in which the badges and awards are secured to the uniform. The study also includes an analysis of how the pins of the badges are attached on one end to the body of the badge and secured at the other end via the use of a catch. It is important to note that the samples shown here do not cover every possibility available.

Another area covered in this page are the different construction techniques applied to military and civilian items of the Third Reich.

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PHOTOS OF PINS PIN TYPE DESCRIPTION OF THE PIN
Thin The pin is of needle type. Same width for the entire length. The body is rounded.


Coke bottle The pin ondulates in shape. Its width changes as it approaches the center and is reduced as it moves away. Similar to the shape of a Coke bottle.


Thick The width of the pin remains constant through the entire length. The pin is wider than the needle type.


PHOTOS OF HINGES HINGE TYPE DESCRIPTION OF THE HINGE
Block The hinge is attached to a rectangular piece of metal which is then secured to the main body. This broad base plate provides better bonding.


integrated The hinge assembly was casted with the body and form a single structure.


"S" Type The hinge forms a loop that permits the pin to wrap around it in the shape of the letter "S".


Tall The hinge structure is attached directly to the body. It is noticeably taller than other hinges.


PHOTOS OF CATCHES CATCH TYPE DESCRIPTION OF THE CATCH
Top catch This is an additional catch placed at the top of the badge. Unlike the other catches, this one is not intended to hold a pin bur rather to secure to the uniform so the badge does not move laterally.


Thin The body of the catch is of wire type. It is very thin. The badge has an indentation where the catch is spot soldered.


Thick The body of the catch is wider than other examples. The catch is spot soldered to the badge.


integrated The catch has been casted together with the body. They are formed as one piece.


PHOTOS OF PRONGS EAGLE PRONG TYPE DESCRIPTION OF THE PRONG
Thick prong The prong is of square type. The width is fairly thick. It is spot soldered to the back of the eagle. It is a little harder to bend than the thin type.


Thin prong The prong is of wire type. It is spot soldered to the back of the eagle. It is easy to bend.


CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS TYPE DESCRIPTION OF TECHNIQUE
None available Die-struck The badge was produced by heating a sheet of the material to soften it, then punching it out. This produces a cleaner version of the badge.


None available Die-cast This technique requires a mold where the molten material is injected under pressure. The badge does not come out as clean. Casting marks are then removed by hand.


BeVO This technique is applied to patches.






 
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