German-American Bund Membership Badge
This is an interesting enamel badge manufactured by the Apollo Jewelry Manufacturing Company of Brooklyn, New York. The Apollo Jewelry Company later became a significant supplier to the U.S. Military and operated right into the 60’s. In this case this badge indicates membership in the German-American Bund, the pro-Nazi organisation that flourished right up until the day the US entered the war. After Pearl Harbor the organisation lost membership rapidly, both due to patriotic currents and because the membership immediately became suspect to the Government due to the fact that Germany had declared war on the U.S.
The AV stands for “Amerika-deutscher Volksbund”.