EM Leather Belt

Condition: Excellent

Maker: Illegible

SKU: JW3454 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This is a nice, worn example of an EM Leather Belt. It likely dates from the 1930s, and was probably worn by a soldier of the German Army. It’s made of rough side out leather, that has been dyed black on the exterior. The interior is a dark brown color, having darkened somewhat from age. The belt is complete with its original aluminum hook. The hook retains traces of its original field gray painted finish, and is still stitched in place with the original stitching. The other end is marked with the size, “92,” indicating 92 centimeters (36 inches). There are also some other visible inked numbers at this end, likely a control number applied to the leather before it was cut and made into a belt. There is no manufacturer marking. The tongue of this belt is intact and unaltered, with all of the original holes for the buckle, and some wear from having had a buckle affixed in the past. This belt would pair perfectly with a worn buckle for a mannequin display. Overall, this EM leather belt remains in excellent condition.


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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