N012279 DRK EM/NCO'S BELT BUCKLE. (Koppelschloß)

BACKGROUND: The DRK, "Deutsches Rotes Kreuz" (German Red Cross), a voluntary civil assistance organization originally instituted in 1864, was officially acknowledged by the Geneva Convention in 1929. In December 1937 it gained status as a legally recognized organization by the NSDAP. As with other essential services in Third Reich Germany, it came under control of the NSDAP in late 1938 under the auspices of the Ministry of the Interior's Social Welfare Organization.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Slightly convex, aluminum, one-piece construction DRK buckle, introduced in January of 1938. The buckle features, against its pebbled, obverse field, an eagle with down-swept wings, clutching a Balkan cross in its talons and with a mobile swastika to its breast, all surrounded by an open-topped wreath of laurels. The raised buckle catch, prong bar and dual prongs are all intact. Reverse is marked "Ges. Gesch.," for "Gesetzlich Geschützt" (By-law Protected) and an "OLC" makers mark indicating, Overhoff & Cie., Lüdenscheid.

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $189.00

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