Ultra Rare Left Facing Heer Buckle

Condition: Excellent

Base Material: Aluminum

SKU: JW3783 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This ultra rare Left Facing Heer Buckle is an extremely desirable, very early buckle that is not often seen on the market. It’s a two-piece buckle, made of aluminum, with a separate central “Gott Mit Uns” roundel featuring the very sought-after left facing eagle (later Heer buckles, and over 99 percent of surviving originals, have the eagle facing right). This piece shows only light wear, with over 90 percent of the original finish intact, and full, crisp original detail. The reverse of this left facing Heer buckle is textbook in all aspects, with two typical original solder joints affixing the roundel. Some scratches and wear on the reverse show that this piece was worn on a belt at one time. The plated steel roller bar and prongs assembly is intact and functional, with some very light rust from age. This early buckle pattern is missing from most collections, as they are very hard to find in any condition. This one rates as excellent, and would be very difficult to upgrade.



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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