Product Description: This Heer Buckle is an appealing piece that shows honest wear and use. It’s a prewar example, made of aluminum. The obverse shows fairly heavy wear. Most of the original field gray paint has been worn off, with traces remaining in the recesses. The bare aluminum is clean and bright. Wear to high points has erased some details in places like the eagle’s chest. The reverse of this Heer Buckle still retains most of the paint, which is a light field gray shade, correct for this early production period. It has an integral catch for the hook on the belt, and a roller bar and prongs assembly for affixing it to a belt. The roller bar and prongs assembly is complete, and made of aluminum. There is no maker mark. This worn buckle has a nice, “field worn” look that would be perfect for a combat display. The condition rates as excellent.
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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