S042559 FEUERWEHR EM/NCO'S BELT BUCKLE. (Koppelschloß)

BACKGROUND: During the Weimar era, (Circa 1919-1933), Germany had independent, local Feuerwehr, (Fire Defense), departments located through-out the country. As with most countries, the German fire departments generally consisted of paid personnel in the cities and larger towns and volunteer personnel in smaller towns and villages. The paid fire department personnel were generally financed by the local political municipal councils. Being independent the fire departments had no uniform standards and uniforms and equipment varied depending on the budget allocated by the local councils. In 1930 the fire departments began to utilize box style belt buckles and although the buckles weren’t standardized they generally featured the traditional fire style helmets and assorted fire equipment including axes, ladders, ropes, etc. In 1934 at an attempt at some sort of standardization new fire department belt buckles were introduced that incorporated the city or state coat-of-arms, although the earlier, Weimar era buckles continued to be used well into the Third Reich era.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Early, (Circa 1930-1934), two piece, die stamped, natural, nickel/silver construction, fire defence personnel’s box style belt buckle features a smooth, nickel/silver base field with separate, nickel/silver, circular, embossed, face plate attached to the front center by two, small, solder points, which are visible on the reverse. The circular face plate features a smooth, central, circular field with an embossed, stylized fire fighter’s helmet with comb and chinstrap, superimposed over two, embossed, crossed fire axes, encompassed by a ribbed, circular, field with the embossed block Latin, script, "Gott Zur Ehr, Dem Nächsten Zur Wehr", (Honor God, Defend Your Neighbors). The script is encircled by both an inner and outer simulated, twisted rope border. The reverse of the buckle has a raised, stamped, semi-circular, buckle catch slot and the prong bar and prongs are all intact. The buckle is in overall very good condition light to moderate age tarnish. The buckle has no visible manufacturer’s markings.

GRADE ***3/4                             PRICE $50.00

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