Worn Heer Reichswehr Buckle

Condition: Excellent

Maker: Unmarked

Base Material: Nickle Silver

SKU: JW5013 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This worn Heer Reichswehr Buckle is a nice example of a desirable early buckle. This is an uncommon variant of this buckle type, made of nickel silver. This was the standard pattern of German Army enlisted belt buckle from the establishment of the Reichswehr until 1936, and these were, in some cases, still in use during the war.The front of this buckle shows moderate wear that has smoothed out the high points of the design, giving this an appealing look. Traces of original paint in the recesses of the design create nice contrast. The reverse of the buckle retains most of the original paint, and is complete. The catch for the belt hook, and the roller bar and prongs assembly, are intact and functional, with honest wear and some verdigris. There is no maker marking. Overall, this attractive early Heer Reichswehr buckle remains in excellent 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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