Original WW1 German BDMA (Bund Deutscher Militäranwärter) Association of German Military Candidates membership pin badge, PERFECT CONDITION, "GES. GESCHUTZT" MARKED (MEANS LEGALLY PROTECTED), MAKER MARKED: "J.C. GANTE, BERLIN S.14" (J.C.Gante jr. Vereinsabzeichen-Fabrik Gravir- und Emaillier-Anstalt - Berlin, S.14, Dresdner Straße 71, founded in 1888 and closed in 1945), full size with the pin: cca 58 mm, VERY GOOD DETAILED EXAMPLE WITH INTACT ENAMEL, RARE STICKPIN
HISTORY OF THE AWARD:
BDMA (Bund Deutscher Militäranwärter - Association of German Military Candidates) - The Federation of German Military Candidates represented the interests of German military candidates. It was founded in 1904 and goes back to the Military Candidate and Disability Association (Militäranwärter- und Invalidenverein Berlin und Umgegend) founded in 1893 in Berlin and the surrounding area. In 1905 the association already had 36,000 members and grew to 74,000 by 1914.