Maker: Paul Kramer & Co. (M4/44)
Product Description: This gorgeous Hitler Youth buckle is unissued, in excellent condition, and still complete with its original RZM paper tag! This was the standard enlisted type buckle worn by Hitlerjugend personnel. The buckle is made of aluminum and probably dates from the late 1930s. It has never been worn. The buckle has an even, old patina on the front and back, but shows no wear. The Hitler Youth motto and insignia on the front of the buckle are very highly detailed, with a bold and striking eagle design. Some patina buildup in the recesses of the design adds to the visual appeal on this. The buckle is complete, with an integral catch and functional belt attachment prongs. The original paper tag bears a designation that translates to “Belt Buckle according to regulations of the Reich Youth Leader.” It’s printed in red ink, as is correct, and bears the RZM logo as well as the diamond emblem of the Hitler Youth. The tag shows normal age toning, and has a few tiny holes, but is complete, with no tears. This is a great example of a hard to find unissued Hitler Youth buckle, made even more desirable by the surviving original RZM label.
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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