Product Description: This EM Leather Belt is an early, likely prewar example. It’s made of thick leather, rough side out. The exterior is blackened, and the brown color of the interior has darkened due to age and wear. The hook is aluminum, a typical prewar feature. The hook shows wear, with only traces of the light shade Feldgrau factory paint remaining. The hook is still held in place with the original stitching, which is completely intact. On the other end of this EM leather belt, the original leather “tongue” is held in place with the original factory stitching. This stitching shows wear, but remains sound. Wear to the holes on the tongue show that this belt was worn with a buckle. There are no markings visible on the belt. It’s a size 92, about 36 inches. This belt is complete, and in nicely worn condition, with only small marks and scuffs. The condition is excellent.
Historical Description: The “Koppel,” or belt, was an important part of the German uniform, dating back to before the First World War. The standard enlisted pattern German belt was made of sturdy leather, with a thin leather “tongue” stitched to the inside of one end, to which the buckle (Koppelschloss) would be affixed. At the other end, the belt had a hook that would connect with the buckle to fasten it. These belts were worn by all military branches, as well as by political, civil, political and paramilitary organizations. With most uniforms, the belt was worn at all times when the wearer was on duty. The belts were made of brown, black, and natural leather, with sewn or riveted hooks made of aluminum or steel, depending on the pattern of the belt and the era in which it was made. There were also belts made of cotton webbing, intended for tropical use. Officer belts were often different; many types of officers wore the “Zweidornkoppel” belt with permanently affixed 2-prong buckle, while other uniforms or organizations called for a leather belt that was similar to the enlisted pattern, but wider, to accommodate the officer-specific buckles.
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