BACKGROUND: German State Forestry agencies were consolidated into the Reichsforst Beamte, (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, 50mm tall, horizontally oval, stamped, two piece, polished natural 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 with attachment prong bar and prongs all intact. Assmann marked example. Nice clean example.

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $279.00 (Or Best Offer)

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