Product Description: This Officers Luftwaffe Brocade Buckle – Assmann is an excellent, all-original piece. The body of the buckle is made of stamped bare aluminum, which retains full original detail and crisp pebbling. There never was any paint on this buckle style. The center of the buckle is adorned with a brass-based Luftwaffe flying eagle and swastika emblem, tightly held in place with two original brass rivets. This shows slight wear, with the brass alloy in the center having toned a bit with age; the wings still retain the original bright gold finish. The reverse of this Officers Luftwaffe Brocade Buckle – Assmann is nice and clean. It’s maker marked on the upper part of the reverse, with the stylized “A” manufacturer logo of the firm of F. W. Assmann in Lüdenscheid. This buckle displays very well, and is in 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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