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A NSDAP Dienstauszeichnung 1.Stufe in Bronze by Josef Rillebrand of Gablonz. Awarded to members of the NSDAP who had given 10 years of service. It is constructed out of a die struck zinc-alloy base that has been bronze washed and lacquered. The obverse depicts a centrally placed wreathed German national eagle, with outstretched wings clutching a wreathed swastika in its talons, above a round oak leaf wreath that is tied together at the bottom and a pebbled pattée style cross that has sun bursts visible to the corners. The reverse displays “Treue für Führer und Volk” (Loyalty to Leader and People) in gothic style script, encircled by an oak leaf wreath that is tied together at the bottom and is above that same cross and sun bursts. To the top is an integral loop and maker marked ring “21” (M11/21 Josef Rillebrand, Gablonz a. N.). The ring holds approximately 4 1/8 inches of original brown and white rayon ribbon. 99% of the bronze wash remains intact The award measures approximately 1 5/8 inches wide and tall. A nice one!
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