Product Description: This Police EM Buckle is a complete and desirable piece, with a great look. This interesting buckle is a type known as the pebbled version, for the style of the obverse. The obverse shows light wear, with lots of crisp detail remaining. The reverse of this Police EM Buckle is unmarked, with an integral catch for the belt hook and a roller bar and prongs assembly made of aluminum. There is an original black leather tab, held in place with the original stitching. The tag is unmarked, and shows wear that matches the buckle, with what might be a couple of mouse bites out of one corner on the reverse. This is a nice, representative example of this relatively scarce buckle variant. It displays very well, and remains 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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