N015774 HJ MEMBERS BELT BUCKLE. (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: Official pattern Hitler Jugend box buckle as introduced in 1933 for wear by all ranks. Injection molded zinc alloy buckle features an embossed HJ style national eagle clutching the HJ diamond to center with a slightly pebbled background field. Eagle is encompassed by a ribbed background circular border with simulated twisted rope trim to inner and outer edges. Border has embossed Gothic script HJ motto to top, "Blut und Ehre", (Blood and Honor). Buckle has a matte grey appearance. Reverse of buckle with embossed RZM logo and "M4/27" for Overhoff & Co Lüdenscheid. Complete with original paper RZM tag. Nice!

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $165.00 (Or Best Offer)

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