Early Aluminum Heer Buckle

Condition: Excellent

Base Material:  Aluminum

SKU: C11432 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This Early Aluminum Heer Buckle is an outstanding piece. It does not appear to have ever been issued or worn, and retains 95 percent of the typical, original light olive green painted finish. It is very hard to find these prewar German Army buckles in this condition. The obverse retains full original detail, with crisp pebbling. The matte green paint is almost completely intact, with some minor scattered marks here and there. The reverse of this early aluminum Heer buckle features an integral, cast catch, and a typical aluminum roller bar and prongs assembly. There is no damage, and no repairs. No manufacturer marking is evident, and there is no indication that this buckle was ever affixed to a belt. This desirable buckle displays extremely well and is in a very strong excellent 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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