N045278 NSDAP YOUTH BELT BUCKLE. (Koppelschloß)

BACKGROUND: Prior to 1933 both the NSDAP, Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, (National Socialist German Worker’s Party), affiliated, Hitler Jugend, (Hitler Youth), and the DJ, Deutsche Jungvolk, (German Youth), wore a variety of unofficial belt buckles with the most common being a smaller version of the SA, Sturmabteilung, (Storm/Assault Detachment), belt buckle. In 1933 official pattern box belt buckles were introduced for both the HJ and DJ and the unofficial buckles fell out of favor. The unofficial belt buckles came in a wide variety of styles and patterns. 

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Pre-1933 unofficial HJ/DJ belt buckle. Die struck, magnetic sheet metal construction belt buckle with a nickel/silver plated finish and a printed card stock insert. The roughly 33mm tall, 47mm wide buckle features slightly scalloped top and bottom edges and subtly rounded ends. The central obverse face of the buckle has an inserted piece of card stock with a printed red base field, a central circular white disk with a black canted swastika and a clear, protective celluloid covering. The reverse of the buckle has dual scalloped tabs, and an inset vertical bar with a unique, toothed, lever pressured, gripper style retaining clip. The reverse of the buckle is well marked with impressed initials, "DRGM", indicating Deutsche Reichs Gebrauchsmuster, (German National Registered Design). Of Note: See J. R. Angolia’s book "Belt Buckles & Brocades of the Third Reich Revised Edition", page 291 for photographic examples of this type of belt buckle.     (Ex Philippe Gillain Collection)

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