Product Description: This Schleswig-Holstein Fireman EM Buckle is a great, representative example of a scarce buckle type. It is made of brass, that over the years has taken on a very pleasant patina. The front of the buckle is smooth, with a central roundel composed of a wreath of laurel leaves, enclosing a raised, pebbled field on which is superimposed the lions and nettle leaf coat of arms of Schleswig-Holstein. The front of this issue type buckle shows very minor wear. The reverse of this Schleswig-Holstein Fireman EM Buckle is completely intact, with a stamped, integral catch for the belt hook. The solder used to affix the roundel to the buckle body is textbook. The roller bar and prongs assembly for affixing this to a belt is functional, with no damage. The overall condition of this brass Schleswig-Holstein Fireman EM Buckle 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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