BACKGROUND: German State Forestry agencies were consolidated into the Reichsforstbeamte, (National Forestry Service), on April 22ND 1938, and uniform regulations introduced the Officialís belt buckle to replace the assorted pattern belt buckles worn by officialís 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: A roughly 44mm wide silver/aluminum pre-1936 National Forestry brocade belt with two 5mm wide, parallel, horizontal green stripes. Belt has two vertical keepers, one on either end, in the same brocade pattern as the belt. One end of belt is folded over and stitched to retain the open rectangular aluminum buckle catch. Reverse of belt has a protective green wool backing. The belt is missing itís buckle retaining tongue and has moderate age toning.    (Ex Philippe Gillain Collection)

GRADE *** 1/2                                                         PRICE $179.00 (Or Best Offer)

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