Maker: Ges Gesche, EF Wiedmann
Product Description: This Black Brass DJ Buckle is an extremely rare and desirable variant. It’s likely a very early type. The body of the buckle is stamped from brass, which has a coating of black enamel paint. The paint is about 95 percent intact, with some scratches, and wear to the edges. There is a large metal runic emblem of the Deutsches Jungvolk affixed to the front of the buckle. The runic emblem is made of a brass alloy with a plated, silver finish. The contrast between the silver rune and the black enamel painted buckle is very visually appealing. The reverse of the buckle has loads of original black paint, and reveals the flat prongs that affix the runic emblem to the buckle body. It is clearly marked “Ges. Gesch.” (indicating a legally protected design) and is also maker stamped by the firm of E. F. Wiedmann in Frankfurt. This is an early type of pre-RZM marking, indicating the early vintage of this buckle type. The hardware setup on this Black Brass DJ Buckle is intact and functional, with a brass belt hook. The overall condition is 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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