Double Claw Brown Belt

Condition: Excellent

SKU: JW6605 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This Double Claw Black Belt is a nice example. This is the most common type of belt used by Wehrmacht, SA and NSDAP officers during WWII, and was also used by members of other Third Reich organizations. The buckle is a wartime type, made of pebbled zinc. It still retains about 50 percent of the original silver wash. The double prongs are steel, with slight surface rust from age, on the corners you can see where the silver wash has come off exposing the zinc base metal.   The belt itself is made of brown leather that remains very pliable and would be perfect for use on a mannequin.  This Double Claw Black Belt shows honest traces of wear and use as well as some minor surface crazing from age. It remains complete and sound, and is very functional and displayable. The condition 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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