Product Description: This Heer Enlisted Buckle Tabbed is an extremely desirable, unissued example. It’s an interesting piece that was made early in the production of these wartime steel buckles, retaining some prewar features. The buckle retains virtually all of the original dark field gray painted finish. The surface shows an old, slight patina and scattered small marks. The spot welded catch for the hook on the belt is intact on the reverse. The “GB” maker mark of Gustav Brehmer is stamped near the edge of the buckle by the catch. The roller bar and prongs assembly is made of aluminum, a rare feature on these steel buckles, typically only seen on some 1940 production pieces. The roller bar retains the original natural undyed leather tab. The tab is pristine, still held in place with all of the original stitching. The tab has all of its original surface, and virtually zero age toning, and is neatly marked with a very legible stamp for “G. Brehmer Markneukirchen 1940.” This Heer Enlisted Buckle Tabbed would be very hard to upgrade. These unissued Heer buckles keep getting harder to find. This one is in outstanding, near mint 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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