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N005278 DRK MEMBER'S VISOR CAP EAGLE. (Mützen Adler)

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. DRK uniforms can be traced back to at least WWI and underwent minor modifications until August 6TH 1935 when major modifications were enacted including the introduction of the national eagle emblem with swastika. Further regulations in January 1938 dictated additional minor uniform modifications.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Second pattern DRK visor cap eagle for wear by all ranks as introduced in January 1938 as a replacement for the first, (1935), pattern eagle. Die struck alloy eagle with black and red enamel work and nickel/silver plated finishes. The stylized, black enamel eagle features down swept wings with a nickel/silver plated swastika to its breast, clutching a red enamel cross in its talons. The solid reverse has both soldered attachment prongs intact. The reverse is well marked with embossed script, "Ges. Gesch.", indicating Gesetzlich Geschützt (Protected by Law). Also nicely maker marked for Overhoff & Cie.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $125.00 (Or Best Offer)

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