Product Description: This HJ Buckle with RZM Tag is an outstanding and very desirable example of the standard buckle worn by members of the Hitler Youth. This one was never issued. The obverse shows no wear, and all of the original detail is intact. There is a slight age patina. The reverse of this HJ Buckle is flat, as this is a relatively uncommon injection molded example. The catch for the hook on the belt is molded as part of the buckle. It’s maker marked near the catch with the round “RZM” logo of the Reichszeugmeisterei, and the maker code “M4/72” indicating manufacture by the firm of Wilhelm Deumer in Lüdenscheid. The roller bar and prongs assembly for affixing this to a belt is intact and functional, and retains the original RZM paper tag. The tag is the correct Hitler Youth style, with the diamond-shaped Hitlerjugend emblem printed in red ink, and a unique serial number.These are rare to find with the original paper tag intact. The condition of this one 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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