Original German WWII NS-RKB Veteran's Steel Helmet League Belt with Brass Belt Buckle - Der Stahlhelmbund
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice totally genuine WWII German belt with a 1933-Pattern brass belt buckle (Koppelschloß) for the German Steel Helmet League - Der Stahlhelmbund. This was a post-WWI Veterans organization, which was eventually absorbed into the Nationalsozialistische - Reichskriegerbund (National Socialist Reich Warriors Association / NS-RKB) once the NSDAP had fully taken over.
It is a slightly convex, stamped brass, two piece construction buckle featuring a plain field with a circular face plate with an embossed M16 helmet to its center. The visor and rear apron of the helmet extend into a ribbed border with simulated twisted rope trim along its inner and outer edges. The ribbed border has a spray of oak leaves to its base and, in German Black Letter typeface, Front Heil along its top. The face plate is attached by two soldered spots, visible from the reverse. Belt buckle is in good condition, with a lot of the original paint present, with the rest faded to a lovely patina. The rear is not maker marked, as with almost all examples seen. The correct leather belt is unmarked but definitely well work. The leather is still and has a lot of cracking in the finish. The belt measures approximately 39”.
Overall a Great example of a very interesting buckle from WWII Era Germany!
History of the Steel Helmet League
Der Stahlhelmbund der Frontsoldaten (The Steel-helmet-league of Front-line Soldiers) 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.
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