Product Description: This M1895 Prussian EM/NCO Buckle is a gorgeous example of this classic Imperial German buckle type. The body of this box buckle is made of bare brass, which shows attractive, eye-catching shine. It’s a standard size, 45 mm, for the issue type belt worn by enlisted men and NCOs. The center of the front of this slightly convex buckle has a nice nickel silver roundel that features a crown to its domed center, encompassed by a dual rope-like border within which, against a ribbed background, is “Gott Mit Uns” (God [is] With Us), and a spray of laurels. The reverse of this stamped metal M1895 Prussian EM/NCO Buckle is all brass construction, and shows typical age toning. The catch for the hook on the belt is brazed or soldered in place, and the roller bar and prongs for affixing this to the tongue of a belt remain functional. There is no maker mark, as is typical with these. This buckle is complete and sound, with no damage or repairs, and has a great look. The condition 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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