Original WWII German Horsemans Badge In Bronze (Deutsches Reiterabzeichen) Brought Home By A U.S. Veteran, Certified. Instituted in 1930 by the German National Federation for the Breeding and Testing of Thoroughbreds, and designed by W. Heitinger, the German Horseman’s Badge was awarded in bronze, silver and gold, with the bronze awarded for successes in horse racing. It would later become a national award and was worn on the left breast of the uniform. The die struck, bronze-washed alloy badge takes the form of a vertically oval oak leaf wreath with an “R” (for “Reiter”), within a belt-like surround, to its base, above which, encircled by the wreath, is a profiled horse and rider. A hinged pin is to the top of its hollow-backed reverse, and a corresponding catch is to its base. “Gesetzlich Geschützt” (By-law Protected) is embossed to the reverse of one side of the wreath, and the manufacturer’s name and location, “Steinhauer & Luck, Ludenscheld”” is embossed to the other. U.S. Veteran bring-back condition. Gettysburg Museum Certified (COA) provided. Rare 100% Guaranteed to be authentic pre-1945. Sold for historic purposes only. See our other pieces on our web site. Also note when browsing our web site there are several pages of items, at the bottom of the list look for other page numbers.