Heer Buckle Front Disk

Condition: Excellent

SKU: JW1755 Category: Tags , ,


Product Description:  This Heer buckle disk was removed from a pre-war aluminum Heer parade belt buckle. These two-piece aluminum buckles were a private purchase type, worn by enlisted soldiers and NCOs for dress use. This roundel was once attached to the body of the belt buckle with four small prongs on the edge of the disk, of which three remain, the other presumably having broken when this was taken off the buckle. It is made of unpainted aluminum, and shows great detail, with only minor wear to high points on the central eagle and swastika national emblem. The reverse of these roundels is not visible on assembled buckles, and the back of this one is pristine and retains full original luster. It’s likely a veteran souvenir piece, and remains an interesting and visually appealing display object.


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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