Product Description: This Left Facing Heer Parade Buckle is a very rare and desirable early piece. These buckles, with the eagle facing left instead of right, were only made for a short time at the very beginning of Heer buckle production, and only represent a tiny fraction of Heer buckles produced. This one is a private purchase, parade style, that appears to have been barely used. It is made of aluminum. The body of the buckle has a pebbled obverse, with a separate left facing eagle Heer roundel affixed with four integral prongs. The obverse of the buckle shows no evident wear, with sharp pebbling and crisp detail to the eagle. The reverse of this hard-to-find buckle is complete, with a plated steel roller bar and prongs assembly, and integral catch. The four prongs of the roundel are intact, with no issues. There is no maker mark, as is typical for this type. This is a choice buckle that would be extremely hard to upgrade. The condition of this Left Facing Heer Parade Buckle rates as excellent plus plus.
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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