Condition: Near Mint
Product Description:This gorgeous Water Police EM buckle is an extremely rare find. These are many many times more scarce than the standard Polizei buckle. This is the pattern of belt buckle that was used before and during WWII by enlisted men of the German Wasserschutzpolizei ( Water Protection Police). It bears a large German national swastika emblem and the motto “Gott Mit Uns” – God is with us. This one is a wartime example, made of steel. It is nearly mint condition. Nearly all of the original factory applied gold lacquering remains intact, with only extremely minor handling marks and age toning. The attractive finish gives this Water Police EM buckle tremendous visual appeal. The reverse of this badge is also in outstanding condition, extremely clean, with full original finish. The belt attachment prongs and the spot welded steel catch are functional and perfect. There is no sign that this belt buckle was ever issued or worn. This Water Police EM buckle is in outstanding condition and would be extremely 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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