Product Description: This SA Sunwheel Swastika Buckle is a nice example of this scarce buckle type, with great character. This variant of buckle features a swastika emblem with rounded arms, which is more rare 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 taken on a deep, rich patina, with some red tones, from tarnishing over time. The central roundel shows light, honest wear, with luster that has mellowed from age. The reverse of this SA Sunwheel Swastika Buckle is complete and sound, with an integral catch for the hook on the back. Both of the original solder joints are intact and unrepaired. The roller bar and prongs assembly for affixing this to a belt is made of steel, with some rust and wear to the plated finish. Some original brass luster shines through the wear and patina on the reverse. As is typical, there is no maker mark. This buckle is untouched and uncleaned, with a great, original look. The condition is very good.
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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