Maker: Julius Kremp
Product Description: This is a spectacular example of a WWII German Army belt buckle with tab. Army belt buckles aren’t hard to find, but examples in this condition are seldom encountered. This is a really nice one, in outstanding condition, made by Julius Kremp. It is made of steel, in the standard enlisted wartime pattern that appeared around 1940. This army buckle with tab retains fully 95 percent of the original smooth green paint on the front. It’s incredibly clean, with hardly any trace of age or handling. The paint was sprayed on thick, which obscures some of the detail in the design. The reverse of this army buckle with tab likewise retains nearly all of the original factory applied paint finish. The prong assembly and catch are intact and functional, with no repairs. The tab on this one is made of natural undyed leather which is what one would expect to see on a piece of this vintage. The tab is maker marked for Julius Kremp and is dated 1940. The stitching on the tab is intact and secure, the tab is complete with no issues. This fine buckle is a gorgeous piece by a less commonly encountered maker, with much more original paint than one typically sees.
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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