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Abzeichen Tag der Arbeit 1935 by K. Lautern. Introduced in 1933, the NSDAP declared May 1st the “Day of National Work” as an official state holiday to celebrate laborers and the working classes. It is constructed out of a die struck aluminum-alloy base that has been silver washed with burnished highlights. The oval shaped obverse depicts three men; one man has a sledgehammer over his shoulder, one has a scroll in his hands and the other has a sheaf of wheat lying over his forearm. These men are below an arched: “Tag Der Arbeit” (Labor Day) and above a national eagle, with outstretched wings clutching a wreathed swastika within its talons, that is flanked by “1935” (19- left, 35- right). The full back reverse features a horizontally crimped on well working steel pin. It is also maker marked. It measures 1 3/8 inches wide by 1 7/8 inches tall. A nice inexpensive piece to add to your collection!
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