Product Description: This SS Officer’s Brocade Belt and Buckle is an incredible, complete set, that would likely be impossible to upgrade. The condition is stunning and rates as near mint. This high quality set is prewar production, circa 1937-39. The buckle is made of bare aluminum, and shows virtually no wear, with all of the original detail intact. The reverse of the buckle is nicely marked, with the SS runic emblem, the round emblem of the RZM, the maker code “36/40” indicating manufacture by Overhoff and also the commercial style Overhoff “OLC” baker emblem. The buckle is complete and sound, with no damage or repairs, and remains affixed to the original and very rare SS brocade belt. The belt is made of woven aluminum wire with a green felt backing. The impressive belt has SS runes and oak leaves along its entire length. Inside, the belt shows no damage, and it still retains the original SS RZM paper tag. The tag is mostly intact, and features the SS emblem, an “M” tax code, and the maker code “A4/167.” This SS Officer’s Brocade Belt and Buckle is a choice piece of SS regalia. It comes with a signed certificate of authenticity from noted author and SS specialist Kelley Hicks.
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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