Original WWII German DRK SS Lebensborn Nurse Jacket
"DRK - (Deutsche Rote Kreuz) Nurse, ID'd"
THIS IS A RARE UNIFORM - In great used condition
This period correct original 1940s DRK uniform ID'd to Kate Schurmann-Reinert a WWII DRK SS Lebensborn Nurse. She was a DRK nurse that worked in the Nazi secret "Lebensborn" breeding house in 1941. The jacket is black wool service walking out uniform, has four flap over front pockets, three black red cross buttons. Two red cross color tans/tabs, made of light grey wool/velvet, twisted silver aluminum cord for piping around the edge, with two red crosses color tab cypher's attached in the center, made of enamel/porcelain. There is a DRK sisterhood or service brooch, all original and period correct, was part of this original uniform. The 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 brooch or badge was also known as the sisterhood badge. It was in a silver bronze and enamels. This one has the makers mark on the back with the sisterhood/nurse number - "Brandonburg 156" and is the oval type.
The arm band is of a white cotton/rayon cloth, the stitching and cloth is period correct. Shows signs of light period use and wear, but nice. I have seen two examples in period photos of the DRK arm bands with the German swastika in the center of the red cross arm band, one of those pictures is attached, the third was an arm band from a collector as a DRK information site and . The last two pictures examples of swastika in the red cross. The second to the last photo shows a DRK nurse with the swastika arm band and the last photo show the DRK collectors information site arm band that he has. However, even if we establish a swastika in the red cross arm band period correct, I have not seen the runic SS in the center of the red cross. When looking and researching the SS Lebensborn, I found several runic SS patterns like the one applied, a black runic SS in a thick circle and a thinner inner circle, as is this one, but none attached to an arm band. The arm band itself looks correct, it's the SS inside the red cross I have never seen. In addition the arm band was added to the jacket with newer thread, attached in ten spots. That alone does not make the arm band bad but has us wondering why. There is a SS approval stamp in the lower right hand side of the arm band, with that said it looks original and correct.
This is a fantastic collectors piece, it was in a prominent museum back east for many years. We purchased this jacket from the museum as a ID'd piece to "Kate Schurmann-Reinert" a nurse with the DRK SS Lebensborn program. The jacket is all original 100% accurate and correct as a DRK nurse jacket. The arm band needs more research, we will continue to research and investigate to find the answers we need. The pricing currently reflects the jacket as a stand alone DRK nurse jacket with brooch and red cross tabs. The arm band is included with the jacket but we have given it a zero value. If after further research is completed, and we find the arm band to be true and correct, the value of the authentic arm band will be added to the jacket. You could hit a home run with this one, the value could increase several thousand dollars if the arm band turns out to be correct before we finish our research. If you have the expertease, knowledge and know the arm band to be correct you may want to take advantage of the lower price.
This would make a great addition to any collection as a WWII German DRK nurse jacket, ID'd to Kate Schurmann-Reinert and identified as a nurse that worked in the Lebensborn program, SS breading house in 1941. Get it while we still have it, this is the type of rare item all the collectors want and museums need.
NOTE: THE MANNEQUIN IS FOR DISPLAY ONLY AND NOT PART OF THE GROUP. THE SKIRT IS NOT PART OF THIS GROUP, FOR DISPLAY ONLY. THE THIRD PHOTO FROM THE END IS A DRK NURSE WITH THE SAME TYPE JACKET, FOR REFERENCE ONLY.