H032780 EM/NCO'S BELT BUCKLE WITH LEATHER TAB. (Koppelschloß mit Lederwiderhalt)

BACKGROUND: Military belts and their corresponding buckles date back centuries and were initially designed for attaching swords and daggers. In 1847 a new innovative box buckle with a quick release catch and corresponding belt were introduced which resulted in a Prussian, Hauptmann Virschow, initiating a new method of carrying personal equipment with the belt and shoulder straps supporting the majority of the weight. This system, with modifications, remains in use in most of the armies in the world to this day. During the Third Reich there was a prescribed form of wear of the belt and buckle with the buckle being positioned on the right side and the corresponding buckle catch on the left side. On January 24TH 1936 a new pattern EM/NCO’s belt buckle was officially introduced to replace the previously worn Weimar era Reichsheer buckle. The basic design of the Reichsheer buckle was retained with the addition of the new Wehrmacht style national eagle. This pattern buckle was worn through-out the Third Reich period with minor manufacturing variations and different colored finishes. The colored finish was determined by regulations depending on what form of uniform it was to be worn with.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Early, (circa 1936-1940), injection molded, field-grey painted, aluminum box belt buckle features a pebbled background field with a slightly domed, embossed central motif. The central motif features an embossed Wehrmacht style eagle with down swept wings on a subtly pebbled field to the center, encompassed by an embossed oak-leaf cluster to the bottom and script, "Gott Mit Uns", (God With Us), to the top. The oak-leaf cluster and script are on a ribbed background and are encircled by both an inner and outer simulated twisted rope border. The reverse has the integral, raised, slotted buckle catch and separate prong bar and prongs all intact. The reverse is well marked with embossed manufacturers initials, "N & H", indicating manufacture by Noelle & Heuck of Lüdenscheid. The prong bar has a age darkened, natural tan leather tab stitched around it. The leather tab is well marked and dated for 1939. Mint, hard to find in this condition. Nice!!!

GRADE ****3/4                             PRICE $395.00

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