N017574 STAHLHELM MEMBER'S BELT BUCKLE.(Koppelschloß)
BACKGROUND: "Der Stahlhelmbund" (The Steel-helmet-league) was conceived as a national veterans’ 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 veterans’ 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: Late (1929-33) pattern stamped alloy buckle, with a stylized eagle wearing a crown and clutching a small shield. Buckle is coated in a heavy feldgrau paint. Shield has a raised helmet with gothic script; "Der Stahlhelm" to its center. Soldered catch, prong bar and prongs all intact. Approximately 65mm x 50mm (for the standard 45mm belt).
GRADE *** 3/4 PRICE $132.00
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