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G017066 PRUSSIAN OFFICER'S M1915 BELT & BELT BUCKLE. (Feldbinde und Feldbindenschloß für Offizier)

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. Officers ranks were responsible for purchasing their own uniforms including belts and as a result were allotted a clothing allowance through the army’s Kleiderkasse, (Clothing Account), system. The Officers could choose to purchase their uniforms items from the armed forces clothing depots or to privately purchase items of higher quality.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice quality, roughly 45mm wide, 99cm long, brown belt with a leather buckle retaining tongue and a feldgrau painted steel, Prussian officer’s buckle. The buckle end of the belt is folded over to the reverse and sewn down to secure the buckle in place. The leather buckle retaining tongue has seven pair of parallel, punched, buckle retaining eyelets. Both free floating leather keepers are present as is the adjustable catch. The belt comes with a roughly, 50mm diameter, two piece, feldgrau painted steel, Prussian officer’s buckle. The buckle features a highly embossed oak-leaf wreath encompassing a central "W" monogram cypher with crown. Hard to find wartime example.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $399.00

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