K007474 EM/NCO'S BELT BUCKLE. (Koppelschloß)

BACKGROUND: Military belts and their corresponding buckles date back centuries and were initially designed for attaching swords and daggers. In 1847 Prussian Hauptmann Johann Christoph Virchow introduced a new, innovative, box buckle with a quick release catch and corresponding belt for EM/NCO’s ranks and initiated 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 era, (1933-1945), 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 August 4TH 1936 a new pattern EM/NCO’s belt buckle was officially introduced to replace the previously worn Weimar Reichmarine era, (National Navy, Circa 1919-1933), buckle. The basic design of the Reichsmarine buckle was retained with the addition of the new Wehrmacht, (Armed Forces), style national eagle. The buckle was identical to the Army EM/NCO’s belt buckle, that had been introduced on January 24TH 1936, but generally had a different colored finish. On introduction all Kriegsmarine, (War Navy), EM/NCO’s belt buckles had a gilt finish, but in 1937 a dark blue/black finish was introduced for Küstenartillerie, (Coastal Artillery), personnel, and at an unknown date, presumably sometime in 1940, field-grey buckles were introduced for wear with the field-grey uniforms. Of Note: Originally military buckles produced under government contract had the addition of a leather, (canvas web for tropical buckles), tabs which were designed to help support the ammunition pouches and prevent slippage but regulations of March 28TH 1942 discontinued the tabs to preserve leather although the directive was not completely adhered to. Also The standard issue belt buckles were roughly, 4.5cm-4.7cm, (roughly 1 3/4"-1 7/8"), tall, while private purchase belt buckles were generally a little smaller ranging from, (1 3/8"-1 5/8"), tall.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Gilt washed, die stamped steel construction, box buckle features a smooth outer field with a high relief, embossed Wehrmacht style eagle with down swept wings, clutching a canted swastika in it’s talons, to the slightly domed center, encompassed by an 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 of the buckle is a mirror image of the obverse and has the brazed buckle catch, prong bar and prongs all intact. The reverse of the buckle is also well marked with the embossed manufacturer’s initials and date, "C.T.D. 1941", indicating manufacture by Christian Theodor Dicke of Lüdenscheid in 1941.

GRADE *** 3/4                             PRICE $350.00

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