Condition: Near Mint
Maker: B&NL; Berg & Nolte, Ludenscheid
Product Description: This Heer buckle by B&NL is an extremely nice tabbed example that would be really hard to upgrade. It appears to have been barely used, if at all. This is the standard issue wartime steel buckle that was worn by enlisted men and NCOs in the German Army. This beautiful Heer buckle by B&NL retains nearly all of the original factory applied smooth green paint finish on the front and back. It’s a crisp strike, with great detail to the eagle and wreath on the front. There is an extremely slight age patina. The reverse of the buckle features a functional catch and prong assembly, with no sign of repair. The buckle itself is neatly maker marked “B&NL 42” indicating manufacture by the firm of Berg & Nolte in Lüdenscheid. This Heer buckle by B&NL is complete with its original natural leather tab. The tab was eliminated in 1942, and it is neat to see one from this final year of production. The leather is in really great shape with perfect intact stitching. It is maker marked for Berg & Nolte and dated 1942, perfectly matching the buckle. If you are looking for just one great Heer buckle, this is one that is worthy of consideration. It is an ideal specimen of this type.
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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