N019578 RAD OFFICER'S BROCADE BELT & BELT BUCKLE. (Feldbinde und Feldbindenschloß)

BACKGROUND: The basis of the RAD, Reichsarbeitsdienst, (National Labour 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 labour organizations into the NSAD (Nationalsozialist Arbeitsdienst), a national labour 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: Roughly 43mm wide silver/aluminum brocade belt with three 4mm wide, parallel, horizontal chocolate brown stripes. Belt has two vertical keepers, one on either side of buckle, in the same brocade pattern as the belt. One end of belt is folded over and stitched to retain the open rectangular aluminum buckle catch and buckle. Reverse of belt with protective brown wool backing. Some mothing to the wool, see photos. Leather buckle retaining tongue is fully intact. Stamped, two piece, matte aluminum, 50mm diameter, circular belt buckle features five, highly embossed sheafs of wheat encompassing an embossed inverted spade head with high relief canted swastika on a subtlety textured, domed central field. Reverse of buckle has crimped outer edges and a separate circular plate insert with crimped catch and retaining hook. Circular plate is secured to the buckle by crimped edges to the reverse of the domed centerpiece. Reverse of buckle is well marked with impressed manufacturers logo. Buckle is in excellent condition, while the belt shows period wear and use. Brocade length is 95cm.

GRADE *** 3/4                             PRICE $399.00 (Or Best Offer)

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