Product Description: This NSDAP Political Leader’s Buckle is an extremely attractive, choice piece. It’s made of aluminum, and is pristine, with all of the original sharp detail intact on the political style eagle and wreath of oak leaves. The original gilded finish is virtually flawless, and very bright, with beautiful color and appealing shine. The reverse of this NSDAP Political Leader’s Buckle is also fresh and clean, with no sign of wear. It’s marked in raised lettering with the round RZM logo as well as the maker code “M4/46” indicating manufacture by the firm of Wilhelm Schröder in Lüdenscheid. The roller bar and prongs assembly is complete and sound, made of solid aluminum with perfect finish. The hook on the back of this buckle would have mated with a keeper that would attach to the belt. It would be tough to find a better example of this appealing political buckle pattern. The condition of this one rates as excellent 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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