Condition: Near Mint
Base Metal: Aluminum
Product Description: This is a superb and stunning example of a Heer General’s Buckle. It is the same pattern as the standard Heer officer buckle as worn on brocade belts and tropical service belts, but the gold color identifies this as having been for wear by officers with the rank of General or higher. As with any General level regalia, these were made in limited numbers and are very rare and sought-after today. This one is stellar, and remains in near mint condition! The front of the buckle bears the German Army eagle clutching a swastika, surrounded by a wreath of oak leaves. It is made of aluminum, and retains nearly 100 percent of the original gold wash. The finish still retains its original luster, and shows barely any trace of age or handling, with only some extremely tiny areas of finish loss on the front. There is no indication that this Heer General’s buckle was ever actually worn. The reverse of the buckle is likewise perfect, and unmarked. This buckle is complete with both keepers. The prong side, which is permanently affixed to the buckle, is as perfect and unblemished as the buckle itself. The other keeper, which is a separate piece, shows some slight fading to the original gold finish. This Heer General’s buckle is among the most desirable German Army belt buckles in existence. This one would be extremely tough to upgrade, and could be the centerpiece of a belt buckle collection.
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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