Product Description: This very early 1933 Postschutz Belt & Buckle is a textbook example of a rare and very desirable set, that is missing from most collections. This is a top quality, early piece, that was used by postal protection personnel. This was not a large organization, and relatively few of these buckles were ever produced. The nickel silver alloy has a nice weight, and a distinct look and luster that is very attractive. This buckle shows green verdigris patina throughout the front and back of the buckle. We dare not remove this, and will leave it up to the buyer if they decide to clean it off. The leather tab is nicely marked with DRP and the maker Schmole & Comp Menden 1933. The roller bar and prongs assembly, for affixing this to a belt, is complete and functional. The leather belt is very nice, with the matching markings of DRP and the Size 105 for size 42″. This is a really nice 1933 Postschutz Belt & Buckle, in excellent plus condition.
Historical Description: The belt buckle was an important part of the regalia worn by all uniformed military, civil, political and paramilitary organizations during the Third Reich. The belt (“Koppel”) was part of the uniform and would always be worn while on duty. The belt buckle (“Koppelschloss”) was generally specific to each organization, with many organizations having separate belt buckles for officers and for enlisted personnel, sometimes with different colors and finishes to further denote specific purposes. The buckles were adorned with various mottos and designs specific to the organizations for which they were intended. Many designs used the German national eagle emblem, in a variety of forms. Belt buckles were worn with uniforms ranging from finely tailored officer parade uniforms, to the issue uniforms of enlisted soldiers in combat. Generally speaking, most German belt buckles of the Third Reich were made with two prongs on the reverse, to allow the buckle to be worn and adjusted on a belt. The buckle had a catch that would mate with a hook on the belt, when worn. The earliest Third Reich buckles were often made of brass, or nickel silver. Later, aluminum became very common, and was used on private purchase as well as enlisted buckles of the German military, with or without a painted or plated finish. After WWII began, most enlisted military buckles were steel. Nazi belt buckles were popular souvenirs for Allied troops who served in Europe. Some types were made by the millions and remain quite common today. Others were made in limited numbers and are very rare.
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