SS Buckle by RODO

Condition: Very Good

Maker: RODO

Material: Steel

SKU: JW0244 Category: Tags , , ,


Product Description: This is a beautiful, worn, original SS buckle by RODO. It is made of steel. The RODO made buckles are known for their field gray painted finish, being one of the few factories that made green painted buckles for the SS. This one retains around 60 percent of the original factory applied paint job. The front of this SS buckle by RODO shows heavy wear, with field gray paint remaining only in the recesses of the design. Looking at the wear on this piece leads one to reasonably conclude that this was most likely combat worn. The bare steel has an old, uncleaned patina that gives this a wonderful depth. The reverse of this SS buckle by RODO features a functional catch and prong assembly for affixing this to a belt, and retains most of the original paint. It is maker marked with the textbook “RODO” stamp near the catch. This great buckle shows no damage and no sign of repair. It is a desirable Waffen-SS buckle with a great “field” look, perfect for a combat display.


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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