N011579 RAD EM/NCO'S BELT BUCKLE WITH LEATHER TAB. (Koppelschloß mit Lederwiderhalt)
BACKGROUND: The basis of the RAD, Reichsarbeitsdienst, (National Labor Service), dates back, at least, to 1929 with the formation of the AAD (Anhalt Arbeitsdienst) and the FAD-B (Freiwillingen Arbeitsdienst-Bayern), Shortly after Hitler’s appointment as Chancellor, (January 1933) the NSDAP consolidated these, and other labor organizations into the NSAD (Nationalsozialist Arbeitsdienst), a national labor service. On June 26TH 1935 the NSAD was re-designated RAD. Originally personnel serving with RAD wore a variety of earlier FAD/NSAD belt buckles until February 15TH 1936 when new pattern belt buckles for Officer’s and EM/NCO’s were introduced to provided uniformity in dress.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Early, injection molded, natural aluminum box buckle with a pebble base field and a circular, embossed central motif. The central motif features five, high relief embossed sheaves of wheat encompassing an embossed, inverted, smooth, spade head with an embossed, canted, pebble, swastika, on a subtlety textured, domed, circular central field. The reverse of the buckle is a mirror image of obverse. The reverse has an integral, raised, slotted buckle catch and separate prong bar and prongs all intact. The prong bar has a brown leather tab stitched in place. Maker marked "RS & S" and dated for 1938. Nice.
GRADE ****1/2 PRICE $169.00
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