BACKGROUND: "Der Stahlhelmbund" (The Steel-helmet-league) was conceived as a national veteransí 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 veteransí 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: Slightly convex, stamped brass, two piece construction buckle featuring, to the obverse, a plain field upon which is a circular face plate with an embossed, profiled M16 helmet to its center with the words "Der Stahlhelm". The ribbed border has a spray of oak leaves. The face plate is attached by two soldered spots, visible to the reverse. Also to the reverse is its raised buckle catch, and a prong bar with dual prongs, for the beltís retaining tongue.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $125.00

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