Very Nice Steel Heer EM Buckle – N&HL


Condition: Excellent

Maker: N&H,L

Base Material: Steel

SKU: JW4462 Category: Tags ,

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Product Description: This is a very nice steel Heer EM Buckle. This was the standard pattern of wartime belt buckle worn by enlisted soldiers in the German Army. The front of this one has a factory applied coat of very dark glossy paint, that gives it a particularly appealing look. About 90 percent of this paint finish is present on the obverse, with wear to the eagle and swastika emblem that exposes the steel. There are some minor scratches and marks from wear. On the reverse, nearly all of the original attractive glossy paint is intact. This buckle is complete, with a textbook spot welded catch for the hook on the belt, and an intact and functional roller bar and prongs assembly. It’s maker marked near the catch, with “N&H L” indicating manufacture by the firm of Noelle und Hueck, in Lüdenscheid. This very nice steel Heer EM buckle is a nice display object, in excellent plus condition.



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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