N001478 DRK SENIOR HELPER'S ACTIVE SERVICE BROOCH. (Schwesternhelferin Abzeichen)

BACKGROUND: The DRK, Deutsches Rotes Kreuz (German Red Cross), was a voluntary civil assistance organization that was originally instituted in 1864 and was officially acknowledged by the Geneva Convention on July 27TH 1929. On December 9TH 1937 the DRK gained the status of a legally recognized organization by the NSDAP. As with other essential services in Third Reich Germany the DRK came under control of the NSDAP in late 1938 under the auspices of the Ministry of the Interior Social Welfare Organization. Female DRK personnel were issued an active service brooch to be worn as a duty badge at the nape of the neck of the service uniform. The active service brooches came in both circular and oval versions and assorted minor variations depending on the rank/position level of the recipient.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly, 36mm diameter, two piece, die struck alloy brooch with a black, white and red enamel work. The brooch features a circular outer border with an embossed, intertwined, repeating, stylized swastika pattern encompassing an inner black enamel border with silver washed Gothic script, "Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Schwesternhelferin", (German Red Cross Nurse's Helper), encompassing a white circular inner enamel field with a central red enamel Greek style cross. The central enameled section of the brooch is inset onto the alloy base. The solid reverse features embossed script, "Ges. Gesch"., indicating, Gesetzlich Geschützt, (Protected by Law). The reverse also has a small soldered hinge on a circular base plate, a thin round horizontal pin and a soldered catch on a circular base plate all intact.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $259.00

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