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Officer Heer Brocade Belt

$350.00

Condition: Excellent

SKU: JW4594 Category: Tags ,

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Product Description: This Officer Heer Brocade Belt is a handsome set. This type of belt and buckle was worn on dress uniforms by German Army officers below the rank of General. The attractive round buckle shows almost no wear, and retains virtually all of the original fine detail to the obverse. There is no maker marking. The buckle is affixed to a nice original brocade belt, which retains its original aluminum fitting that attaches to the hook on the belt, allowing this to be displayed on a mannequin if desired. The silver wire and dark green woven Army pattern bullion shows slight wear, and a verey slight age patina, with some minor fraying and a few marks here and there. The bullion is backed with a smooth green wool fabric, which has a few scattered moth holes on the interior. The leather tongue is intact and allows the size of the belt to be adjusted. This Officer Heer Brocade Belt is a really nice representative example of this desirable belt type, in overall excellent condition.

 

 

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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