Product Description: This is a nearly perfect example of the classic Heer Officers Brocade Buckle. These brocade belts were worn as part of the regalia of German Army officers, for formal occasions. This one has a subdued, gray finish that is very nearly 100 percent intact! It does not show any indication of ever having been worn or used, and with the exception of some extremely tiny handling marks, looks exactly the way it did the day it was finished at the factory. This Heer Officers Brocade Buckle features a German Army eagle and swastika emblem surrounded by a wreath of oak leaves. It’s a great strike, with fine detail, and a striking design. The rear of the buckle has great original finish, and is unmarked. The original keeper with prongs for affixing this to the brocade belt is intact, functional, and perfect, with no issues. The other keeper, which would have been permanently affixed to the brocade belt, is absent. One will easily encounter 100 enlisted Heer buckles for every one of these officer brocade buckles. If you are looking for an outstanding example of a textbook original Heer Officers Brocade Buckle, you probably won’t find any better.
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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