Product Description: This Early SA Buckle is an attractive and desirable piece, with a really pleasant patina. It’s made of two pieces of brass. The roundel retains nearly all of its original plating, with light, honest wear to the high points. This roundel is soldered to a typical brass box type buckle, which shows only light wear and attractive age patination to the bare metal. The reverse of this early SA buckle reveals the two correct, neatly done solder joints that hold the front roundel to the buckle body. The prongs that would have been used to affix this buckle to the belt of an SA member are intact and functional, with no damage or repairs. There are only slight, even traces of use. This buckle is a really nice example of a very early piece of Nazi regalia. It has a great look, and is in 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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