BACKGROUND: German State Forestry agencies were consolidated into the Reichsforstbeamte, (National Forestry Service), on April 22ND 1938, and uniform regulations introduced the Official’s belt buckle to replace the assorted pattern belt buckles worn by official’s of the various state organizations. The new pattern buckle came in a burnished black finish for wear with the service uniform, natural aluminum for the parade and dress uniform and in a gilt finish for ranks of Oberlandesforstmeister and above. The natural aluminum buckles were worn on both a dark green leather and brocade belts. All National Forestry Service belts and buckles were discontinued in late 1943.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly,55mm wide, 52mm tall, horizontally oval, stamped, two piece, burnished aluminum, belt buckle features a highly embossed oak-leaf wreath encompassing a right facing, political style eagle with out-stretched wings on a slightly domed, pebbled central field. Both eagle and wreath feature nice detailing. Reverse of buckle is a mirror image of obverse and has a separate circular plate insert with crimped catch and retaining hook. Circular plate is secured by crimped outer edges of the buckles obverse. Retaining hook secures the open rectangular bar. Unmarked example. Buckle comes complete with a dark brown leather belt with a leather retaining tongue and vertical sliding leather keepers, both intact. Reverse of the retaining tongue is size stamped, "85".     (Ex Philippe Gillain Collection)

GRADE ****                                                         PRICE $350.00

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