Originally Posted by Br. James
I see what you mean, Joe, though we don't have several important details surrounding the letter you described:
...........................Assumedly Winter would only have placed such an order in the way she did -- directly with a manufacturer instead of going through the Party Treasurer's Office -- at the request of Hitler himself. She probably had no idea how to do such things according to proper procedures and just went ahead and wrote to the Fuess firm as Hitler instructed her to do. (Hitler had no compunction about going outside of the 'rules' when it was something he wanted.)
* Not producing the large GPB, the Fuess firm could not have filled such an order directly -- six pairs of GPBs -- so they may have responded to Winter that she needed to go through the Treasurer's Office in order to secure the sets. Upon receiving that news, Winter must have either spoken with Hitler directly or knew enough to speak with Bouhler, since this was a matter that the Führer's Personal Chancellery should have handled in the first place, and Bouhler would have then straightened it out with Schwarz.
I don't think we have enough evidence in this one letter from Bouhler's Office to Schwarz' Office that would lead to the conclusion that Fuess made the 30mm GPB. But it does make for interesting and challenging thinking! Thanks for this opportunity, Joe!
Fuess was a jeweler and Winter called Hitler's jeweler to get the GPBs he said he wanted. We really don't know anything about the production and procurement of the GPBs aside from the procedure followed by Schwarz's office after a request for GPBs. Fuess as an authorized jeweler could have procured large badges from a manufacturer to encase with the small badges he assembled from parts finally applying his named pin plate. Everything is open to speculation.