Hi Kash, Yes, the TeNo - TN - Technische or Technischen Nothilfe Pins and Badges are quite fascinating, as you note.
You are absolute correct regarding Cone's Pin reference:
- "One People, One Reich" by J.R. Cone (page 58). According to this reference, "In all 79,230 of the enameled member's badges were given out according to the registration books. Placed into production in 1933, it was discontinued in 1937 though some badges were sporadically given through 1938. The TeNo Member's Badge had to be returned on the death of its holder, when the serial number was dropped. This is probably why so few can be found today since the organization took possession of the badges. Interested collectors please consider this badge very scarce in any condition."
Cone does NOT, however show a PHOTO of the Entire Pin (only the TN Logo part). A Nadel / Lapel pin - is conspicuous Absent, or perhaps the author was unaware that there were 2 different models of this TN Pin?
This same 'Error' is repeated in the renowned Heering / Hüsken's 'Pin Bible' - the "Handbuch der Abzeiched deutscher Organisationen 1871-1945" - where on page 161, only ONE (1) TN Red-Orange/Black Enamel pin is shown. (And is referenced as ID Number 9711d on page 160 and 161. We now know that there are 2 Enamel pins! So, which one are they referencing?)
This is why German dealers, and others, use the 9711d number to identify BOTH the TeNo Enamel pin, with lapel pin (Nadel) and without it! So, obviously something must NOT be correct, and that is indeed the case with TeNo / TN Enamel Pins.
Research (and deduction) has shown that there are 2 TeNo Enamel pins
, as we are all aware, and that:
• the TeNo Enamel Pin (with horizontal catch - NO Lapel Pin) is in fact the TeNo Membership pin, the one which the CONE reference identifies, and further states that "79,230 of the enameled member's badges were given out." This model has 'Ges. Gesch' along with (99% of the time) an "A" below the hand punched number. Assmann did have the 'Ges. Gesch' for one model of the TeNo Enamel pin, but the "A" does not match the familiar Assmann type "A" - so the maker is still felt to be unknown. (IMO, there were actually a number of makers. I base this on many differences which have been noted on this model pin.)
• the TeNo Enamel Pin (with Lapel Pin configuration) is actually the TeNo Zivil Abzeichen model. (Serial numbers of this model Lapel Pin Model, are recorded into the 180,xxx range, and perhaps they even go higher? So, referring to CONE's documented numbering of 79,230 pins, this model can NOT be the Membership pin. Also, this Enamel Lapel Pin model does NOT have the "A" present, but it does have 'Ges. Gesch' - but in a slightly different position on the back of the pin.
................. of interest, BOTH TeNo Enamel Pin models have been found in a 'crackled' / Translucent Red/Orangish Enamel - & - in a 'solid' / Opaque Red/Orangish Enamel (Ist described as such, to my knowledge, by noted pin collector, Don Scowen.) The Translucent models are 'thought' to be the earliest ones, by pin collectors.
(1) So, regarding your pin...... "The number stamped on the reverse of the badge is 46504."
••• If it has a lapel pin - it is the Zivil TeNo model.
••• If it has NO lapel pin & only the horizontal catch & the letter "A" - then it is a TeNo membership pin.
(2) Regarding your question: "Is it possible to trace the stamped member's number off of the back of a TeNo badge in a way similar to tracing the member's number on stamped on SS daggers? Does any one have access to the TeNo's registration Books?"
•••Unfortunately, the THW (who has the remaining TN records) reports that they have no documents related to the tracing of "Numbers" for EITHER the TeNo Member's Pins, or for the TeNo Honor Badges (1919-1923). So, the ID search goes on.
More information about both the TeNo Enamel Pins, as well as the TeNo Honor Badges (1919-1923) - Ehrenzeichen der TN, will be found in the book, "Police, Vol. 2"
(Bender) by Angolia / Hugh Page Taylor, due for publication release in the 1st quarter of 2009. This book answers a LOT of questions regarding the TN / TeNo ... Txs, Dave/dblmed1