N032790 DRK HELPER'S BROOCH. (Helferin 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.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly, 45mm x 22m, nicely convexed, die struck alloy brooch with a silver wash and black, white and red enamel finishes. The brooch features Gothic script, "Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Helferin", (German Red Cross Helper) The solid reverse features embossed script, "Ges. Gesch"., indicating, Gesetzlich Geschützt, (Protected by Law). The reverse also has a small soldered hinge, a thin round horizontal pin and a soldered catch all intact. Shows wear and use. Scarce.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $298.00

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