K010074 EM/NCO'S BELT BUCKLE. (Koppelschloß)

BACKGROUND: On August 4TH 1936 a new pattern EM/NCO’s belt buckle was officially introduced to replace the previously worn Weimar era Reichmarine buckle. The basic design of the Reichsmarine buckle was retained with the addition of the new Wehrmacht style national eagle. The buckle was identical to the Army EM/NCO’s belt buckle but with a different colored finish. On introduction all Kriegsmarine EM/NCO’s belt buckles had a gilt finish, but in 1937 a dark blue/black finish was introduced for Coastal Artillery personnel, and at an unknown date field-grey buckles were introduced for wear with the field-grey uniforms.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Early, injection molded aluminum construction box buckle with a bright fire gilted finish. The buckle features a smooth outer field with a domed, embossed, circular central motif. The motif features an embossed Wehrmacht style eagle with down swept wings, on a pebbled field to the 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 field and are encircled by an inner and outer simulated twisted rope border. The reverse of the buckle is a mirror image of the obverse. The reverse has the integral, raised, slotted buckle catch and separate prong bar and prongs all intact. Unmarked.

GRADE *** 1/2                             PRICE $349.00

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