N062578 "STAHLHELM" MEMBER'S BADGE. (Erinnerungsabzeichen)

BACKGROUND: "Der Stahlhelmbund" (The Steel-helmet-league) was conceived as a national veterans’ organization by Franz Seldte in November of 1918, and was officially founded on Christmas day of that year. It was mostly comprised of WWI veterans trying to assimilate back into what was then a devastated society. The Stahlhelm became the largest of the post-war veterans’ groups, incorporating many of the smaller Freikorps groups into it. Most of its members were assimilated by the SA in 1933, and it was disbanded in 1935, with its remaining members absorbed by the DRKB ("Deutscher Reichskriegerbund"), which, in turn, was absorbed by the NS-RKB ("Nationalsozialistische - Reichskriegerbund") in 1938.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A slightly convex, 23mm diameter, nickel-silver alloy badge, against whose black enameled obverse is pinned a profiled M16 helmet with "Der Stahlhelm" in Gothic script. To the reverse is a hinged, vertical pin. To the bottom of the pin is embossed the manufacturer’s logo of an underlined and stylized "S," "T," and "H." To the top of the pin is embossed "Ges. Gesch.," for "Gesetzlich Geschützt" (By-law Protected).

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