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G006580 M1915 PRUSSIAN EM/NCO'S BELT BUCKLE. (Koppelschloß)

BACKGROUND: The standard Prussian box belt buckle was first introduced in 1847 for wear by enlisted rank personnel. Originally the box buckles came in a 50mm, (roughly 2 inches), width until 1895 when the width was reduced to 45mm, (roughly 1 3/4 inches), in an attempt to lighten the weight load of the field gear. Initially the buckles were produced of brass with a nickel/silver face plate until 1914 when steel construction buckles were introduced. This style of buckle was also used by the Prussian-dominated states of Baden, Oldenburg, Hansa and Thuringia. The belt for the field uniform was originally of tanned leather, but blackened leather was re-introduced in 1915.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A one-piece construction wartime M1915 Prussian belt buckle, painted field grey, as was the practice after January of 1915. The 48mm, slightly convex, stamped metal box buckle, features, against its plain, obverse field, a crown to its domed center, encompassed by a dual rope-like border within which, against a ribbed background, is "Gott Mit Uns" (God [is] With Us), and a spray of laurels. To the reverse is its raised buckle catch, and a metal prong bar with dual prongs, for the belt’s retaining tongue.

GRADE ****1/4                                                         PRICE $45.00 (Or Best Offer)

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