Condition: Near Mint
Maker: M4/27 (Overhoff & Cie., Ludenscheid)
Product Description: This is a great example of an early NSKK belt buckle. The NSKK belt buckle was similar to that worn by the SA, but with a silver finish. This buckle is made from silvered brass, as is typical. It is in extraordinary condition, rating near mint. The front retains nearly all of the original heavy silver plating, with some age toning, and no actual wear. The roundel retains fantastic original detail to the wreathed German national eagle and swastika emblem. The reverse of the buckle likewise features some age toning, but is otherwise exactly as it was when it left the factory. The round brass wire catch and the nickel plated prong assembly for affixing this to a belt are intact and functional. The buckle is clearly marked with the RZM logo of the Reichszeugmeisterei, as well as the maker code M4/27 indicating manufacture by the firm of Overhoff & Cie. in Ludenscheid. NSKK buckles are not common in any condition. To find an NSKK belt buckle as pristine as this one is very tough. This choice example would be difficult to upgrade.
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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