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N013775 HJ MEMBER'S BELT AND BELT BUCKLE. (Koppel und Koppelschloß)

BACKGROUND: The Hitler Youth may be traced back to March of 1922, with the formation of the "Jugendbund der NSDAP" (Youth-league of-the NSDAP), under control of the SA. In April of 1924 the "Jugendbund der NSDAP" was renamed "Grossdeutsche Jugendbewegung" (Greater-German Youth-movement), and in July of 1926 the "Grossdeutsche Jugendbewegung" was officially renamed "Hitlerjugend Bund der deutschen Arbeiterjugend" (Hitler-youth League of-the German Worker-youth). Prior to 1925, an assortment of uniform items were worn by "Hitler Jugend" members, mainly consisting of a white shirt and HJ armband. In an attempt to associate themselves more closely with the Nazi Party, the HJ adopted the NSDAP brown shirt in 1925. Their distinctive belt buckle was introduced in 1933. A white leather belt and shoulder strap was introduced in 1938 for international delegations, with the only photographic evidence of it being worn being during a visit to Japan in 1939.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Slightly convex, stamped steel, nickel-silver plated, one-piece construction "Hitler Jugend" (Hitler Youth) buckle. Introduced in 1933, it features, against its plain, obverse field, an embossed HJ eagle and diamond with swastika against a slightly domed, pebble center, encompassed by a dual rope-like border within which, against a ribbed background, is the embossed Gothic script, "Blut und Ehre" (Blood and Honor). A brazed brass buckle catch, and a metal prong bar with dual prongs is also to the reverse. Faint M4 marking to the back of the buckle. Comes with a worn, period shortened, 70cm long leather belt.

GRADE *** 1/2                             PRICE $120.00

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