Luftwaffe Aluminum Buckle – R.S.&S.

Condition: Near Mint

Maker: R.S.&S. Richard Sieper & Söhne

Base Material: Aluminum


SKU: JW5518 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This Luftwaffe Aluminum Buckle – R.S.&S. is a beautiful and apparently unissued piece, in outstanding condition. This prewar issue type buckle is made of aluminum that never had any applied finish. The front of this buckle is clean and pristine. There is no evident wear, and only some small, scattered marks. The detail is crisp and sharp. The hollow reverse of this buckle shows no signs of ever having been cleaned. The roller bar and prongs assembly for affixing this to a belt is also aluminum, and is intact and functional. This Luftwaffe Aluminum Buckle – R.S.&S. is marked near the catch. The mark is the initials “R.S.&S.”, indicating manufacture by the firm of Richard Sieper & Söhne. This eye-catching and very appealing buckle is extremely well-preserved and would be tough to upgrade. The condition rates as near mint.



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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