Product Description: The HJ Leaders Buckle is a tough buckle type to find, much more scarcely encountered than the standard Hitlerjugend buckle. It is an officer type, featuring a Hitler Youth eagle and swastika organizational emblem with the “Blood and Honor” motto, on a round disk that could be affixed to a wide belt. This one appears to be made of a brass alloy that still retains nearly all of its original sliver finish. The obverse side shows almost no actual wear and retains sharp detail, with some very light, even toning due to age. The reverse of this HJ Leaders Buckle has some spots of patina here and there. On the hook, it is stamped with the circular “RZM” logo of the Reichszeugmeisterei, as well as the maker code “M4/22” indicating manufacture by the firm of C. T. Dicke in Ludenscheid. The roller bar and prongs for affixing this to a belt are complete and intact, with a somewhat thin finish. This HJ Leaders Buckle has a striking design and lots of eye appeal, and displays great. It 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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