Aluminum Heer Buckle

Condition: Excellent

Maker: Dr F & Co

Base Material: Aluminum

SKU: JW2928 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This Aluminum Heer Buckle is a choice and extremely well-preserved piece. The obverse retains about 90 percent of the original pre-war matte field gray paint, with light wear that exposes bare aluminum at the high points of the design. The contrast between the bare metal highlights and the paint gives this a very appealing look. The buckle is clean, with only extremely minimal age toning. The reverse of this Aluminum Heer Buckle is complete and sound, and shows light wear from having been worn on a belt. It’s maker marked near the integral catch for the belt hook with “Dr. F. & Co.” in raised lettering, indicating manufacture by the firm of Dr. Franke & Co., in Lüdenscheid. The roller bar and prongs assembly is functional, and is made of aluminum that never had a painted finish. It is hard to find these prewar German Army buckles in this condition. This example rates as excellent.



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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