Product Description: This is a very interesting Police belt and buckle that have always been together. The buckle is a high-quality two-piece private purchase version, made of aluminum. It has great detail, and the bold central swastika emblem is in high relief. There are some spots here and there, but no damage, and only extremely minor wear. The back of the buckle is unmarked, as is typical for this style. There is olive paint on the reverse of the buckle, which is an interesting feature not commonly encountered. It’s possible this buckle was painted for field or combat use. The prongs and catch on the buckle are intact and functional, with no issues. The belt is a later war private purchase paramilitary type, with holes instead of a tongue for attaching the buckle; this a perfect match for this Police buckle. The belt is in great shape, with only minor traces of age and wear. It’s made of black leather, with a riveted steel keeper, and is size stamped “95.” The little piece of leather that extends past the keeper to protect the uniform from wear is an interesting detail. This Police belt and buckle is an attractive and evocative set.
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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