S002569 SS OFFICER'S BROCADE BELT. (SS-Feldbinde für Offizier)

BACKGROUND: The Allgemeine-SS, (General-SS), was originally formed in May 1923 under the auspices of the SA, Sturm Abteilung, (Storm/Assault Detachment), as the Stosstrupp Adolf Hitler (Shock Troops), and was redesignated Schutz Staffel, (Protection Squad), in April 1925 with the official acceptance of the name verified on the second anniversary of the failed Munich "Beer-Hall" Putsch on November 9TH 1925. As a subordinate unit to the SA early SS personnel wore the standard SA style box belt buckle. It is believed that Adolf Hitler personally designed a new pattern box belt buckle specifically for wear by SS EM/NCO personnel with the manufacturing patent being originally granted to the Overhoff & Cie. firm in Lüdenscheid. This new style buckle was adopted for wear by EM/NCO personnel in late 1931 or early 1932. Although the SS EM/NCO personnel’s belt buckle was officially introduced in late 1931 or early 1932 it is unknown if the circular Officer’s buckle was introduced at the same time. The SS Officer’s buckle was worn on a blackened leather belt with the field uniform and a brocade belt for the parade, dress and walking-out dress uniforms. The SS Officer’s brocade belt, was originally introduced in 1937 for wear by Officers of the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, and was adopted in 1938 by all SS Officers for wear with parade, dress and walking-out dress uniforms. After coming under SS control in June 1936, wear of the SS Officer’s brocade belt was extended to Police Officers holding an SS Commission, in January 1939 and in June 1939 regulations further extended the wear of the SS Officer’s brocade belt to all Police Officers. Regulations stated that the backing of the belts worn by Waffen-SS, (Armed-SS), personnel be in field-grey material while all other branches of service in the SS utilized a black backing and Police Officers were to have a mouse grey or field-grey backing. It appears that the color backing regulations were not strictly adhered to, presumably due to lack of supplies. Of Note: SS Officers were responsible for purchasing their own uniforms including the brocade belt and belt buckle and as a result the SS established the SS-Kleiderkasse, (Clothing Account), system in Munich in 1935. The Officers were allotted a one time clothing allowance from the government with the amount varying depending on the individual’s rank. The Officers could also choose to purchase privately tailored garments of higher quality although the price may have been restrictive. With the rapid expansion of the Waffen-SS after the outbreak of the war the SS-Kleiderkasse also expanded to include no fewer then nine main offices with offices located in some of the occupied countries including, Poland, Norway, France, Czechoslovakia and Russia. Also Of Note: The RZM, Reichzeugmeisterei, (National Equipment Quartermaster), was officially founded in June 1934 in Munich by the NSDAP, Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, (National Socialist German Worker’s Party), as a Reich Hauptamt, (State Central Office), and was based on the earlier SA Quartermaster’s Department. The functions of the RZM were not only to procure and distribute items to Party formations, but also to approve chosen designs and to act as a quality control supervisor to ensure items manufactured for the Party met required specification and were standardized. Starting in late 1934 items manufactured for the SS came under the quality control of the RZM and as a result were to be marked with the RZM/SS approval/acceptance mark or tag. In 1943 the Waffen-SS assumed full control over their uniform item production and no longer fell under the authority of the RZM.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly, 43mm wide, 115cm long, woven, bright, frosty, silver/aluminum construction SS Officer’s brocade belt features the repeating, alternating, interwoven oak-leaf sprigs and SS runes with impressed outlines. Both the top and bottom edges of the belt are trimmed with two, narrow, interwoven, horizontal, black stripes flanking a central silver/aluminum stripe. The belt has both of the sliding, vertical, "keepers" intact with the same black, silver/aluminum, black stripes. One end of the belt is folded over and machine stitched to the reverse to secure a molded aluminum alloy construction, open rectangular, buckle catch. The stitching has come undone but would be an easy fix. The other end of the belt has a pointed tip and a tan leather, buckle retaining tongue machine stitched to the reverse. The reverse of the belt is finished with a green velvet backing. Complete with original paper RZM/SS tag. The belt would fit waists sizes of roughly, 98cm to 112cm.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $800.00

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