Product Description: This Freistaat Preussen Officer Buckle is an impressive piece. It is made of bronze. This pattern of buckle dates from before the Third Reich and was worn by officers in the Schutzpolizei. The front of the buckle features large, bold “Freistaat Polizei” wording, surrounding a pebbled roundel on which is superimposed the eagle emblem that was used on the Prussian state flag from 1918 to 1933. The front of this buckle shows some light, even wear from use, and some expected and typical toning from age. The reverse of this Freistaat Preussen Officer Buckle has a smooth, dark age patina. It is complete and functional, with a catch for the belt hook as well as a roller bar and prongs assembly that once affixed this to the belt of a Prussian officer. The overall condition is very good. This very early Polizei buckle is a hard one to find.
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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