Product Description: This is a beautiful, pristine example of a World War One German Heer Buckle. It is a wartime example, stamped from steel with an attractive field green painted finish, as stipulated by regulations of January, 1915. Virtually all of this original “Feldgrau” paint is still present; the buckle shows only the most minor traces of age and handling, and no signs of ever being worn or used. This roundel on this World War One German Heer buckle depicts the Imperial crown, surrounded by the inscription “Gott Mit Uns”- God is with us. This was the roundel used by Prussian troops. The reverse of this World War One German Heer Buckle features a textbook wartime spot welded catch, and a functional prong assembly for affixing this to a belt. There is no visible manufacturer marking. These WWI buckles have become harder to find in the last few years, and especially in this condition. Despite the passing of a century, this gorgeous buckle remains truly near mint.
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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