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Heer Enlisted RODO Buckle

$250.00

Condition: Excellent

Maker: RODO – Robert Dold, Offenberg

Base Material: Steel

 

SKU: JW6944 Category: Tags ,

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Product Description: This Heer Enlisted RODO Buckle is a desirable and hard-to-find variant. This is the standard wartime issue buckle for enlisted personnel of the German Army. It’s made of stamped steel. The obverse retains most of the original, attractive light shade field gray green paint. Wear to the high points has exposed bare steel, which shows typical toning and light surface corrosion. On the reverse, this buckle is maker marked near the catch with the “RODO” stamp of the firm of Robert Dold, Offenberg. This is a rare and sought-after maker for these Heer buckles. The buckle is complete and sound, with a functional roller bar and prongs arrembly for affixing it to a belt, and no repairs to the spot-welded catch. The reverse retains nearly all of the original green paint. This rare Heer Enlisted RODO Buckle has an appealing look, and is in excellent condition.

 

 

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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