S010366 POLIZEI OFFICER'S BELT BUCKLE. (Feldbindenschloß für Offizier)

BACKGROUND: On June 17TH 1936, Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler was appointed to the newly created position of Chef der Deutschen Polizei im Reichsministerium des Innern, (Chief of the German Police in the National Ministry of the Interior), effectively giving him full control of all police agencies within Germany. As a result of this appointment and the restructuring of all the separate German state police into a single national police force new regulations were instituted to bring about uniformity in dress for all police through-out the country. One of the new uniform regulations, was the introduction of two, new styles of belt buckles on June 25TH 1936 with a round buckle for Officer’s ranks of Polizei Obermeister up to and including, Generaloberst der Polizei and a box buckle for NCO ranks of Polizei Unterwachtmeister up to and including Polizei Meister. Both the Company and Field grade officers and NCO’s buckles were produced with a silver finish while Generals ranks of Generalmajor up to and including, Generaloberst der Polizei utilized gilt finished belt buckles. The Police were divided into eight assorted branches of service including the Wasserschutzpolizei, (Water Protection Police), and in an exception to the rule, all ranks of the Wasserschutzpolizei utilized gilt buckles. The officer’s belt buckles were worn on a leather belt for service wear and a brocade belt for dress wear. The different branches of police service utilized different colored leather belts with brown leather for Gendarmerie, (Rural Police), Wasserschutzpolizei, (Water Protection Police), and Polizeibeamten, (Police Officials), personnel and black leather for the Ordnungspolizei (Order Police), the Schutzpolizei, (Protection Police), and the Gemeindepolizei, (Local Municipal Police), personnel. Of Note: The Ordnungspolizei, Schutzpolizei, and Gemeindepolizei, also utilized white leather accoutrements for special occasions. Also Of Note: Police Officers holding the rank of Polizei-Leutnant to Generaloberst der Polizei were responsible for purchasing their own uniforms including belts and belt buckles and could purchase them through the SS-Kleiderkasse, (Clothing Account), system which was originally established in Munich in 1935. The Officers were allotted a one time clothing allowance from the government with the amount varying depending on the individuals rank.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A 1936 pattern, silver washed, die struck, aluminum construction Polizei Officer’s belt buckle features a central, high relief, embossed, smooth field, canted swastika on a subtly pebbled field, encompassed by a stepped down, outer edge with the embossed Gothic script to the top, "Gott mitt uns", (God with Us), and an embossed, oak-leaf, half-wreath to the bottom also on a subtly pebbled field. The reverse of the buckle has a separate, raised buckle catch, inset into a circular recess with crimped retainers, an open, rectangular, prong bar retainer with the prong bar and prongs all intact. The reverse of the buckle is well marked "D.R.G.M" and "257/41".

GRADE ****                             PRICE $505.00 (Or Best Offer)

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