Mike, You really got me to thinking, and I looked again at the TN Pins, in Littlejohn's "Defending the Reich.
" A - GREAT Book, for TeNo, and other Police & Related Reference - but a very SAD little part of 1 Page on the TeNo Pins.
LJ used "Photos" of Books / Publications, with the TN Pins, & NOT Photos of the "REAL" TN Pins! (This is clearly evident, with respect to the early TN Pins, where a 'funny looking' CIRCLE, surrounds those Pins! This is EXACTLY the way those Pins were shown in the Heering/Huesken's Small Handbuch "der Abzeichen deutscher Organisationen 1871-1945
" which is Old, and printed in Black & White! (We do deparately need a NEW TR Pin Book!) Also, the TN Enamel Pin, was shown in a B & W Photo (very old reference, again.) IF you look carefully at that Pin in LJ, you
will see that it is from the Photo Page, as the ASSMANN 'Prototype' Pin!
So, great Detective work, Mike!
"I've looked at other organizations in the catalog and it seems that the ones that are "nicht verkauflich" (not for sale) are always members badges." This is a great observation!
"My thinking is: Those badges were sold on an individual basis." For TN Pins, it is my belief, that they were issued through a TeNo HQ heirarchy instead. (No Proof though.)
"TeNo pins being stamped first with the serial number." Yes, they were Hand Stamp Numbered, but the inconsistencies of Numbering Types, leads one to believe that this may have been at a local level, and NOT at the Manufacturer. (Speculation, and not factually proven.)
"I believe that serial numbered pins had to be returned upon the death of the member. Is that correct?" This is correct.
But ONLY for the ? 78-79,xxx Pins, which are noted in CONE's "Pin Book"Reference. Hugh Page Taylor, in "Police, Vol. 2"
makes a very good case for the TeNo Nadel / Lapel Pins, to have been for a Different Purpose
, than the more rarely seen, Horizontal Catch TN Enamel Models.
The TeNo Nadel Type Pins have been seen up to the 180,xxx Number Range - so, IF CONE is Correct, this is NOT the TN Pin Type which had to be returned at death.
The TeNo Horizontal Pin Types have not been found, to exceed the 79,xxx Number Range (at least, Not YET!), so THIS Type, is 'probably' the ones which are noted in CONE, (IMO). Still, lots to learn about these however! Your comments on the Assmann TN Pin are 'spot on' and Congrats for finding that!
TeNo Pins are a fun 'Mystery' Subject, but we are slowly learning more about them, from TR Period documentation.
........ Txs, Dave/dblmed1