Product Description: This is a rare pattern of the Stahlhelm EM Buckle that is very desirable, and it is in outstanding condition. It is made of steel, and features a bold and striking German national eagle with Imperial crown, clutching a shield with the steel helmet organizational emblem of the Stahlhelm. The front of the buckle retains a coat of gray paint that is almost completely intact. The reverse of this Stahlhelm EM Buckle has some spots of age patina but retains nearly all of the paint. The hardware setup is intact, with a plated steel roller bar and prongs assembly, and a soldered catch for the belt hook that is made of brass with a silver finish. The overall condition of this Stahlhelm EM Buckle is absolutely excellent. It would be tough to find a better example of this early buckle type.
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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