Product Description: This is a desirable and hard to find variant of the SA/NSKK Belt Buckle – Sunwheel Swastika. This attractive buckle has the round, “Sonnenrad” (sunwheel) type swastika emblem, as opposed to the angular type that is usually seen. The body of the buckle is made of brass, which has pleasant, even age toning and traces of wear. To this brass buckle has been affixed a round SA/NSKK roundel featuring a political style eagle within a wreath. The roundel remains most of the original silvering, with some areas of wear that expose the base metal. In the recesses of the design, the silvering has toned dark, resulting in attractive visual contrast. The reverse of this SA/NSKK Belt Buckle – Sunwheel Swastika shows the two solder joints used to affix the roundel. They are unrepaired and sound. The catch is integral to the buckle, and as is typical, there is no maker mark. The nickel plated, steel roller bar and prongs assembly is present, but has come apart from the brass buckle body on the lower edge. This would be a simple thing to repair but we will leave that up to the buyer, this buckle looks and displays great as it sits. It’s in very good 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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