WWII Heer Officer Buckle

Condition: Excellent

Base Material: Aluminum

SKU: JW5511 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This WWII Heer Officer Buckle is a nice example of this attractive buckle type. The front of the buckle depicts an impressive-looking German Army eagle and swastika emblem, surrounded by a wreath of oak leaves. This buckle is made of aluminum and likely dates from the 1930s. It appears to have had a clear anodized coating, which is mostly intact. Wear to high points of the design reveals the brighter gleam of the bare aluminum. This buckle is crisply struck, with loads of fine detail. On the reverse, this buckle is unmarked, which is common for these. The hook for the keeper and fitting for attaching this for a belt are both intact. This WWII Heer Officer Buckle is an eye-catching piece that displays very well. The condition rates as excellent. ,



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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