NSKK EM Buckle


Metal: Brass


Product Description: This NSKK EM Buckle is a great example of a scarce, early buckle type. It is identical to the design used by the SA for their buckles, but has a bright silver finish. This NSKK EM Buckle is a high-quality piece, made from nickel plated brass, as one would expect for a buckle from this era. The front of the buckle retains about 87 percent of the original heavy nickel plating, with some typical wear marks, and a few tiny areas of finish loss to the high points of the design and on one corner. The finish remains bright, with attractive original luster. The rear of this NSKK EM Buckle has an uncleaned, old patina, with nearly all of the original finish intact. The soldered catch for the belt hook, and the plated roller bar and prongs assembly for affixing this to a belt, are intact and functional. This is an attractive buckle with an impressive look.


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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