OLDENBURG – MEDAL – ORDER FOR A HIGH LEADER OF DER STALHELM BUND
The Stalhelm Bund began as aa veterans organization which was organized in 1918 by Franz Seldte (1882-1947). Seldte had been an officer in WW I and was severely wounded and lost his left arm. He lead the Stalhelm Bund from 1918-1934. At that time with the Stalhelm Bund throwing their support behind Hitler he was appointed Chancellor. In turn Hitler made Seldte the Reich Minister for Labor a position that he held from 1934-1945. Seldte was sentenced to hang but died in the hospital in 1947.
The Stalhelm Bund was essentially for front line soldiers. Upon joining the men were entitled to buy a pin in the shape of the German steel helmet (Stalhelm). The front had the date in which the member joined. The earlier that a member joined the more prestige that he had. These badges are highly collectible and many collectors try to obtain as many years as possible. The Stalhelm Bund morphed into the SA which did a lot of the dirty work of the NSDAP in a most violent manner.
The medal we present is an ornate and large neck order which I believe was for a high level leader of the Stalhelm Bund.
- The center of the decoration has a blue and gold enameled cross.
- Mounted on the center is a Stalhelm. (Please note the thickness of it as it is quite thick.)
- On the surface of the helmet we see a small Iron Cross and “Der Stalhelm”. This is the same as member badges which as noted previously had the dates of their membership.
- This cross and helmet are attached to a sunburst of bright brass.
- At the top there is a ring which has fitted to allow a silk red and blue ribbon to be attached.
- Attached to either end we see black silk ties. To enable to wearer to attach it to his neck and over his tunic.
- The colors of the ribbon indicate the former Grand Duchy of Oldenburg of which Oldenburg was the capital.
- On the reverse of the badge it indicates the manufacturer was from Böhn.
This is a consignment item.