SA Sunwheel Swastika Buckle

Condition: Excellent

Maker: RZM 36- Berg & Nolte

Base Material: Brass

SKU: JW5501 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This SA Sunwheel Swastika Buckle is a nice, appealing, maker marked example of this scarce and desirable buckle type. This variant of buckle features a swastika emblem with rounded arms, which is much less frequently encountered than the standard straight arm swastika pattern. The body of this buckle is made from brass, as is typical. On the obverse, this brass has a mild, even age patina, with small scattered marks from wear. The central roundel shows moderate honest wear, with some built-up patina in the nooks and crannies. The reverse of this SA Sunwheel Swastika Buckle is complete and sound, with an soldered catch for the hook on the belt. The roller bar and prongs assembly for affixing this to a belt is made of steel, with some patina to the plated finish, and remains complete and functional. This SA Sunwheel Swastika Buckle is a very rare to find maker marked example. It’s stamped near the catch with the round RZM logo, as well as the maker code “36” indicating manufacture by the firm of Berg & Nolte. This buckle is untouched and uncleaned, with a great, original look. It’s very attractive, and 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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