The insignia of the National
Socialist Party was printed in several different variations.
Today, these differences are often classified into categories that
include "first pattern" and "second pattern" types based on modern
collector terminology. First pattern decals are those that
generally bear a large, often wide, and thick swastika with a
pointed bottom. Second pattern decals generally have less of a
pointed bottom and a swastika with thinner arms. In addition,
these decals often have a slightly thicker border around the edges.
In most cases, the swastika (and white circle on which it was
printed) appears off-center to the naked eye. For most
collectors, this off-centeredness has become a classic indication of
an "original" decal. While often true, many original decals
did not have this off-centered look. In addition, it is
generally well known that the off-centered look has been replicated
in counterfeit decals for quite some time. The photos below
depict some of the more common National Socialist Party decal types
that appeared on both Police and SS helmets.