Condition: Excellent, Rare piece
Product Description: The Postal Defense EM Buckle is rare in any condition; examples as well preserved as this one are extremely hard to find. This extremely desirable buckle is an early type made of nickel silver. The obverse features a pebbled field surrounding a central roundel with “Postschutz” in Gothic lettering, and the eagle, lightning bolts, swastika and horn organizational emblem of the Postschutz organization. This Postal Defense EM Buckle retains nearly all of the original, smooth, field gray paint on the front, with only some extremely minimal wear to the feathers on the chest of the eagle. All of the original detail remains. The reverse of this rare early Postal Defense EM Buckle is textbook in every detail, with a spot welded catch for the belt hook, and a steel roller bar and prongs assembly for affixing it to a belt. There is some minor age toning, but no damage to note. The Postschutz buckle is seldom encountered and is missing from most collections. This is a choice piece that would be hard to upgrade.
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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