N055579 DRK NURSE'S ASSOCIATION SERVICE BROOCH. (Bereitschaftsschwester 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. The DRK Sisterhood active service brooches have been observed with blue, red, green and black outer borders with the significance of the various colors being unverified. Speculatively the outer border color may indicate rank/position or a level of governmental responsibility.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly 30mm tall, 43mm, horizontally oval, nicely convexed, die struck alloy brooch with white, red and black enamel work. The brooch features a black horizontally oval enamel outer border with Gothic script, "Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Schwesternschaft", (German Red Cross Sisterhood), encompassing a white horizontally oval enamel field with a first pattern, (circa 1935), stylized DRK eagle in black, red and white enamel work. The DRK eagle features a black enamel eagle with down-swept wings with a canted black swastika, on a white diamond base, superimposed on its breast and a red cross clutched in its talons. Maker marked "CDT" and a four digit serial number. Complete with original pinback device.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $238.00

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