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E+ Black Officer's Belt
with Open Claw Buckle

This belt is a bit odd in that there are 2 small Phillips machine screws and nuts at the fold over for the buckle rather than the usual rivets. I'm not sure when this was done, during or after the war, but the nuts and washers are deeply imbedded into the leather, and there's a lot of crud around them so I'm certain it's been this way for decades....but how many is impossible to determine unless you can date the screws. The Phillips screw company was founded in 1933 so it's possible it was done during the war, but there's just no way to be certain. The original stitching is gone as well, but the tracks are still intact so it was definitely sewn at one time. The leather is in outstanding condition with 98% of the black finish intact, and it's still soft and supple with no cracking or damage other than typical wear, most of which can be seen at the 4th and 5th set of holes. It measures 1 3/4" wide by 39.5" inches in length (45mm x 100cm). The zinc claw buckle only retains 15% of the silver wash and shows more wear than the belt. It's possible the original was broken and replaced which would explain why it was dismantled and the rivets replaced with screws. The trademark on the reverse buckle appears to be a "D" inside a house or factory, but I wasn't able to identify the manufacturer. Deschler & Sohn of Munich (RZM ID 181) used a "D" inside a box as their trademark, but I wasn't able to confirm if they made an open claw buckle.
B216 HOLD
BUCKLES HJ BUCKLES FOR ALL BRANCHES HEER LUFT
M- NSDAP Political Leader's Buckle with RZM Tag by
"M4/24" Friedrich Linden of Lüdenscheid

This is the 1939 pattern in aluminum with a light gold wash and the original RZM tag with control number 006078 still attached. The reverse is stamped with the double RZM circle and M4/24 for the Friedrich Linden firm. This buckle measures 57mm so it could only be worn with the brown leather belt, the smaller 52mm buckles were worn with the brocade dress belts. Other than a few tiny scratches on the reverse from being handled for the last 60+ years, this beauty is mint!
B232 HOLD
M- NSDAP Political Leader's Buckle with RZM Tag by
"M4/24" Friedrich Linden of Lüdenscheid

This is the 1939 pattern in aluminum with a light gold wash and the original RZM tag with control number 006077 still attached. The reverse is stamped with the double RZM circle and M4/24 for the Friedrich Linden firm. This buckle measures 57mm so it could only be worn with the brown leather belt, the smaller 52mm buckles were worn with the brocade dress belts. Other than a few tiny scratches on the reverse from being handled for the last 60+ years, this beauty is mint!
B229 HOLD
E NSDAP Political Leader's Buckle by "M4/24"
Friedrich Linden of Lüdenscheid

Stamped from aluminum with 95% of the gold wash intact with minor scratches and typical wear. The reverse is marked with a double RZM circle followed by "M4/24" in raised text.
B230 HOLD
E- HJ- Hitler Youth Belt Buckle
No maker. Silvered Steel.
B227 HOLD
E+ Heer Officer's Belt Buckle
in Silvered Zinc, no maker.
B233 HOLD
E- Luftwaffe EM/NCO Belt Buckle
in Aluminum, no maker.
B238 HOLD
E- RLB- Reichs Luftschutz Bund (National Air Raid Protection League) 1st Pattern Droop Wing Buckle with Black Patten Leather Dress Belt
No maker (Circa 1933-May 1937)
B223 HOLD
E De-Nazified Kriegsmarine Buckle by
Richard Sieper & Söhne of Lüdenscheid

When I purchased this buckle the seller told me it was de-nazified sometime after the war by it's Russian captor, but my research has proved otherwise. The National eagle in the center roundel of the buckle was covered with what appears to be the obverse of a gilt dress button featuring Austria's post WWII Coat of Arms. The design features a single headed crowned eagle with the old shield of the Duchy of Austria on his chest, a non crossed hammer and sickle in each of his talons, and broken shackles and chains dangling from his legs. At first glance most collectors might associate these symbols with the Communist "Hammer and Sickle", but the added symbol of the golden mural crown makes it quite clear that these 3 symbols actually represent the unity of the 3 classes of the Austrian Republic. The hammer symbolizes the workers, the sickle the peasants, and the crown represents the bourgeois class. The 4th symbol, the broken shackles and chains, indicates liberation from Nazism following the end of WWII.

The buckle was die struck from aluminum then finished with a bright oxidized gilt finish...85% of which is still intact. The reverse is maker marked "R.S.& S." in raised text for the Sieper firm. The construction and maker mark tells us this buckle was manufactured in 1935-1936. There wasn't much of a demand for Naval buckles at the time, and Sieper was one of the few manufacturer's known to have been awarded a contract, so this is indeed a VERY RARE and unique "one of a kind" buckle.
B196 HOLD
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E Political Leader's Belt and Buckle by the Dr Franke & Cie KG firm of Lüdenscheid

This set features the 60mm (2 3/8" inches) wide "Havana Brown" belt that was introduced in 1939. Measuring approximately 33 3/4" inches long, this belt has one set of holes to fit a 30" waist. The buckle catch bar is stamped with an RZM logo ("Reichszeugmeisterei" (National materiel control office) and "M 4/24" for the Freidrich Linden firm of Lüdenscheid, while the belt is stamped with an RZM logo and "L2/441/39" over "Kernstüel". The 57mm diameter buckle is stamped from aluminum and finished with a gold wash. Featuring an NSDAP eagle looking to it's left and surrounded by an oak leaf wreath, the buckle is maker marked with an RZM logo and "M 4/23" over the catch on the reverse in raised text. The buckle keeper bar and catch are decorated on the obverse with an oak leaf motif.
B184
E+ NSDAP Political Leader Buckle by "M4/27" Overhoft & Co. of Lüdenscheid

Stamped from aluminum with 98% of the gold wash intact with minor scratches and typical wear. The reverse is marked with a double RZM circle followed by "M4/27" in raised text.
B218
NM- Early Political Leader/Officer's Belt
with Open-Claw Buckle

The broad officer's belt with an open claw buckle was originally worn by all political and military personnel during the post WWI "Weimar Reichswehr" period. Following a few minor modifications, this early design was officially authorized by the Third Reich in May of 1934 for wear by all Political and military personnel. Due to increasing demands and a shortage of leather when war broke out in 1939, the size of the belt was reduced to 50mm. The color also changed so they're more commonly seen in a dark brown, making this belt somewhat rare and very desirable.

This is an early (pre war) 60mm wide belt in a light Havana-brown leather which was favored by pre war Luftwaffe personnel. It measures 43 inches (109cm) in length with 5 sets of holes to accommodate a 35 to 40 inch (90cm to 101cm) waist. The silvered pebbled buckle, which indicates wear by Field or General Grade Officer's ranks, measures 50mm x 7.5mm with a 22mm gap between the claws. Despite typical wear and tear, this beauty is in beautiful condition considering it's age...and a rare find indeed!
B168
NM Gold Forestry Officer's Brocade Buckle

Purchased directly from Bob Evans, the author of "Third Reich Belt Buckles," this is the buckle he requested in his 1999 edition. Bob sold most of his buckle collection to John Angolia and Brant after this book was published. This type of buckle was worn with the standard pattern brocade belt by ranks of Oberlandforstmeister and above....as well as Hermann Göring. Stamped from aluminum with a bright gold finish. The front plate is correctly crimped to the back with no maker's mark. 99% of the original gold wash is still intact with a few minor scratches on the reverse. A very rare buckle that Brant treasured and proudly displayed with his Forestry dagger collection.
B024
E+ National Forestry Service Official Buckle
by FW Assmann & Söhne of Lüdenscheid.

Stamped from aluminum with a burnished black finish with the Assmann trade mark stamped at the top on the reverse. This buckle was worn on a 45mm wide dark green leather belt with the "A" tunic or greatcoat along with a green shirt, and a dark green neck tie. A rare buckle with this finish, the most common Forestry buckle was done in a bright aluminum and worn with the "B" tunic with a white shirt and black neck tie. The most difficult buckle to find is the gold version as seen below...(B024)
B142
NM SA Wehrmannschaft Buckle
by CT Dicke RZM M4/22

Although the Wehrmannschaft was formed prior to 1939, an official buckle was not designed until 1943. Prior to it's introduction they wore the standard SA buckle or a 2 prong "claw" buckle like B122 and B156 pictured below. This special and incredibly rare buckle was only produced by one firm, CT Dicke, and in one form...die struck aluminum with an integral bridge catch. Stamped with a small (very faint) RZM circle and M4/22 for the Dicke firm. See page 68 of Peter Nash's "German Belt Buckles 1845-1945" and Ulrich of England's web site for an identical example priced at $1050.00!!
B173
NM- Early SA (SturmAbteilung) aka Storm Troops EM/NCO Buckle by Schmal & Schultze

2 piece construction, stamped from brass with a nickel plated roundel. The reverse is stamped with RZM in a double circle and M/183 over a 3. Minor spotting on the reverse but there is no evidence that this buckle was issued.
B091
E SA (SturmAbteilung) aka Storm Troops
EM/NCO Buckle, no maker.
B226
E+ Polizei Officer's Parade Cartouche
and Brocade Belt

This rare beauty features a black leather pouch with a large aluminum Polizei eagle mounted to the flap. The brocade belt is in excellent++ condition, backed with Police Blue/Green ribbed wool with a simple pebbled aluminum buckle, keeper, and belt tip. The pouch is still supple and in excellent condition considering it's age, with all the straps and keepers intact.
B158
E++ Police Officer's Dress Buckle

Stamped from aluminum with the catch correctly pressed into the back of roundel. Marked Ges. Gesch with another mark inside a diamond. Shows quite a bit of wear and scratches on the back, but has very crisp detail on the face. Only the highest relief areas show wear with minor scratches. Absolutely textbook construction with honest wear. Note: Ges.Gesch is short for "Gesetzlich Geschützt" which translates "legally protected"...as in the design is protected by law, or as some prefer..."patent pending".
B070
E Polizei Belt and Buckle by "RS&S"
Richard Sieper & Söhne of Lüdenscheid

This set sold before I had a chance to write my description so I'm not going to bother.
B188
M- Rare Polizei NCO's Buckle
with Black Leather Tab.

Molded from a white metal, this unmarked buckle features an unusual coarsely pebbled field. See page 409 of John Angolia's "Belt Buckles & Brocades of the Third Reich" for an identical example. This piece appears to be unissued with no visible wear. The black leather tab is unmarked and still soft. Note... The different branches of the Polizei wore different colored leather belts and in this case tabs. Brown was worn by the Gendarmerie (Rural Police), Wasserschutzpolizei (Water Protection Police), and Polizeibeamten (Police Officials). Black leather as seen here was worn by Ordnungspolizei (Order Police), Schutzpolizei (Protection Police), and Gemeindepolizei (Local Municipal Police).
B086
E+ Polizei NCO's Buckle, no maker

2 piece pebbled buckle struck from kreigsmetall with 90% of the silvered wash still intact. The variant face plate is attached with 4 prongs visible on the reverse....note the large swastika, small lettering, and minor variation to the oak leaf wreath.
B129
NM Polizei NCO's Belt Buckle by
Christian Theodore Dicke of Lüdenscheid

This rarely seen beauty was stamped from steel and finished with a slightly gold colored silver enamel, 99% of which is still intact. The manufacturer's trademark, "C.T." in raised text, can be seen in the middle of the swastika, which is the best placement for it as this is the only smooth surface on the reverse. There's some minor wear on the obverse swastika, as well as the roller bar and catch so I believe this buckle was issued and worn, but it must have been used as a dress buckle because it's still in near mint condition and much nicer than what you'll see in my photos.
B205
E Polizei NCO's Belt Buckle, no maker

Except for the wear and the lack of any stamps, this buckle is identical to B205 listed above so I believe it was manufactured by Christian Theodore Dicke of Lüdenscheid as well. It was stamped from steel and finished with a bright silver wash, 85% of which is still intact. Like B205 this buckle looks much better in person than it does in my photos. Please read my "NOTE" at the top of this page for an explanation.
B204
E+ Fire Protection Police (Feuerschutzpolizei)
NCO's Belt Buckle

2 piece construction, stamped from aluminum with 95% or the burnished black finish intact on the buckle body. The interesting thing about this buckle is that the center roundel is not finished with the same black color...it appears to be more of a light gray/green color. I'm not certain if this was worn by another organization, or if it was just a variation. The roundel is crimped to the buckle with 4 flat prongs, there is no maker's mark.
B146
E Wehrmacht Officer's Brocade Belt
and Buckle, no maker

This is the standard brocade belt and buckle that was worn by company and field grade officers. Introduced on July 9th, 1937 for wear when in parade dress, formal dress, informal reporting dress, and service dress when full decorations were required. Measuring 1 7/8" x 36" inches, the belt is backed with a field gray velvet and faced with a well worn silver/aluminum brocade featuring 2 dark green stripes. Both sliding keepers are intact, 1 on either side of buckle, in the same brocade as the belt. One end of the belt is folded over and machine sewn in place to retain the aluminum buckle retainer. The other end comes to a squared off point and features a pebbled artificial leather tongue with 7 sets of holes for the double pronged buckle catch. The aluminum buckle features an oak leaf wreath around National eagle with down swept wings on a lightly pebbled convex roundel. Both the wreath and eagle feature incredible detail which is enhanced by a light tarnish. The reverse of the buckle is a mirror image of the obverse and has a separate circular plate insert with a crimped catch and retaining hook. This belt will fit a 30" to 36" inch waist.
B175
E- Heer NCO's Combat Belt and Steel Buckle with Leather Tab by J. C. Maedicke OH. of Berlin (circa 1941) B224
E Wehrmacht EM/NCO Belt Buckle with
Leather Tab by EXTREMELEY RARE Maker
"L.K.O." Louis Keller of Oberstein

Die struck aluminum buckle with an integral catch. Originally painted olive green, only 15% remains on the obverse in the deepest recesses, but 70% is still intact on the reverse. The obverse shows quite a bit of wear, especially to the eagle's chest, but everything including the swastika is still clearly visible. The leather tab is still soft and supple with no damage, but the LKO stamp on the front side of the short tongue is very faint and nearly impossible to read. I was able to identify the first 2 letters in "Louis" across the top of the oval (closest to the stitching), and what appears to be an "8" in the center for the year 1938.

I researched this buckle for hours before finally finding another identical example on the MCF Forum. I pasted the link here for those who wished to go take a look, but most folks said it wasn't working so I decided to remove it. If you want to see some photos of another example and read what the forum members had to say try searching "L.K.O. Louis Keller of Oberstein Wehrmacht buckle" which is how I found it.
B185
E+ Wehrmacht Belt Buckle by "GHO"
(Gustav Hermann Osang)

This buckle was stamped from aluminum with an integral catch and an aluminum roller bar and prongs. It was originally finished with a field gray enamel, but only 10% remains in the deepest recesses on the obverse. The paint was probably removed by the original owner as this was a common practice...the theory is that they preferred polished aluminum over the dull green/gray paint. The reverse retains 75% of the original enamel with typical scratches in front the catch and wear along both sides from the leather belt where it slide under the roller bar. If you look at my last photo you'll see "GHO" inside a long inverted triangle in raised text.
B206
E Wehrmacht Belt Buckle by
Christian Theodore Dicke of Lüdenscheid

This smooth surface belt buckle was die struck from steel and finished with a dark field gray enamel, 90% of which is still intact. There's some minor flaking and surface rust at the upper left hand corner on the obverse, but only minimal wear so I don't think it saw much use. The reverse is marked "C.T.D. 1943" in raised text under the footed catch.
B208
E- Heer Steel Belt Buckle by "N&H" Noelle
& Hueck of Lüdenscheid (circa 1941)

Note: This steel buckle was issued with a field green/gray enamel like B208 listed above, but it was removed, probably by the Soldier who wore it with his dress uniform.
B228
E+ Luftwaffe Officer's Brocade Belt
with 2nd Pattern Buckle, no maker.
B225
M- 1st Pattern Luftwaffe Officer's Buckle
by Overhoff & Cie of Lüdenscheid

Also known as a "droop tail" this exquisite officer's buckle was struck from white aluminum then finished with what appears to be a nickel plating on the obverse....even the catch and keeper are plated on the obverse, and all 3 pieces retain 100% of their finish with only minor scratches from being handled. The first pattern Luftwaffe eagle is mounted to the buckle with a single dome head brass rivet. It's stamped from aluminum as well but it's finish with a fired gold gilt, 100% of which is still intact. The reverse is still natural aluminum with some minor oxidation on the one piece oval back plate that features an integral hook and bar keeper. Overhoff & Cie's trademark "OLC" inside a diamond is stamped at the bottom of the back plate as it should be. This is with out any doubt the finest example I have ever seen of one of the most coveted buckles ever produced by the Third Reich.
B189
NM 2nd Pattern Luftwaffe Officer's Buckle
with original catch, no maker

This beautiful 3 piece officer's buckle was struck from a white aluminum with both aluminum keepers intact. It appears to have been polished on the highest points of the oak leaf wreath which adds depth to the design despite some very subtle wear from being handled. The 2nd pattern Luftwaffe eagle is mounted to the pebbled roundel with 2 thin brass wire prongs which were inserted through 2 holes, then folded over and soldered together in the center. The eagle appears to be stamped from brass with a matte fired gold gilt finish, 98% of which is still intact with a polished swastika. The reverse shows some minor oxidation with typical wear and scratches on the catch, which is an integral part of the oval back plate and bar keeper.
B210
E Luftwaffe Belt and Tropical Buckle
by Noelle & Hueck of Lüdenscheid

This belt and buckle set came directly from the capturing vet so they've never been separated or altered. If you prefer a tropical web belt I'll let you substitute B214 or B170 listed below, but I'd prefer to sell them as is since they've always been together. The buckle was stamped from steel and finished with a "tropical" tan enamel paint, 90% of which is still intact with a subtle surface rust on the bare metal. The stamp just below the catch is lightly struck so it's difficult to see in my photos...it reads "N&H 1942". The leather tab stamp is even more difficult to read, but I can assure you it looks much better in person and is easily read with a loop: "NOELLE & HUECK" over "LÜDENSCHEID" inside the double ovals with "1942" in the center. See page 167 of "German Belt Buckles 1845-1945" by Peter Nash for another example of a tropical N&H buckle.

The belt has definitely seen lots of use with moderate wear and evidence of resizing by the original owner. The last few inches of the belt and tongue were cut off so the excess didn't get in the way, plus there's 2 extra sets of holes crudely punched further back on the belt with some subtle black wear from the buckle prongs. Once I inspected the belt from end to end I realized he may have worn it with light weight tropical and thicker heavy weight winter clothing....either that or the belt had more than one owner. The first set of holes punched into the belt will fit a 29 inch waist, and the most worn set where the buckle was mounted in the tongue will fit a 37 inch waist. There's more than 9 inches of room for adjustment with 2 more sets of holes at the end of the tongue.
B211
E- Luftwaffe EM/NCO's Combat Belt with Steel Buckle
Possible manufacturer Dransfeld & Co.
of Menden (post 1942)
B221
E Early "Droop Tail" Luftwaffe Buckle, no maker

Die struck from the aluminum alloy known as "Leichtmetall" with an integral catch dating it late 1935 early 1936. Over all this rare buckle is in excellent condition despite the wear to the eagle which is typical considering it's the high point of the buckle.
B163
E Luftwaffe "Flak" EM/NCO Buckle with
Leather Tab by Werner Linker of Duisburg

Although it's very difficult to see, the leather tab on this die struck aluminum buckle is stamped "WERNER LINKER" over "DUISBURG" inside a double oval with the date of production in the center, but I can't read it at all. "L.B.A." which stands for LuftwaffenBeckleidungsAmt (Air Force Clothing Depot) was stamped inside the stitching on the obverse, and a 3rd stamp "L/Flak/Rgt.48(?)" can be seen on the reverse, but I can't be certain of the numbers at the end. The leather is well worn and wrinkled, but it's still soft and pliable. The buckle it's self shows typical wear to the eagle, and what appears to be black enamel paint in the recesses, 20% of which is still intact.
B197
NM- 1939 2nd Pattern Luftwaffe Buckle
with Leather Tab by Ernst Schneider

Die struck from aluminum with 99% of the finish and details intact with minor crud on the unmarked reverse. The leather tab is in excellent+ condition with the maker's name and date stamped on the front.
B110
M- 2nd Pattern Luftwaffe Buckle with Belt Hook Attached by Gustav Brehmer of Markneukirchen

Stamped from steel with all of the dark gray/black enamel still intact and the steel belt hook tied to the catch. The reverse of the buckle is stamped "EC" under the catch, "43" under the roller shroud, with "41" and Gustav Brehmer's trade mark, an intertwined "GB" stamped on the belt hook.
B153
E- Luftwaffe EM/NCO Belt Buckle
in Silvered Zinc, no maker.
B235
NM- RLB EM/NCO Buckle with Leather Tab (Koppelschloß mit Lederwiderhalt), no maker

The RLSV-Reichs Luft Sports Verband (German Air Sports League 1931-33) and the DLV-Deutscher LuftschutzVerband (German Air Protection Association 1931-35) were the first organizations to use this design, but the 1935 production date on this buckle's leather tab tells us it was produced for personnel serving with the RLB-Reichs Luftschutz Bund (National Air Defense League) which was formed in 1933 and continued as such until the end of the war. It's been said that an unofficial RLB buckle with the Sunburst design was used between 1938/1939 but I wasn't able to find a single example. What's been referred to as the "2nd pattern" RLB buckle of 1940 featured a Prussian style eagle clutching the distinct RLB Sunburst. This extremely rare 2 piece aluminum buckle was produced exclusively by Overhoff & Cie.

The dark brown leather tab is in near mint condition with minor wear to the reverse which is stamped "Fl.Gr.Erf.(P.)". This is the abbreviation for "Flieger Gruppe Erfurt Patrouille" (Flyer Group Erfurt Patrol)...Erfurt being the name of the Airbase where the Air Raid Protection Group was stationed. The buckle was die struck from an aluminum alloy with a high percentage of zinc. It was finished with a silver wash, 98% of which is still intact with a dark aged patina on the reverse. The swastika retains all of the original glossy black enamel, while the wreath and eagle show minor wear, evidence that this buckle was used, but only slightly.
B200
NM 1st Pattern "Droop Wing" Belt
Buckle for the DLV/RLSV, or RLB

This buckle could have been worn by a member of any of the following organizations: DLV (Deutsches Luftschutz Verband or German Air Sports League 1931-33), the RLSV (Reichs Luft Sports Verband or Air Sports League 1933-37) and the RLB (Reichs Luftschutz Bund or Air Defense League 1933-45) This is the first pattern buckle with slanted wings on the eagle, a black painted swastika, and 20 berries with in the laurel leaf wreath with one at top center. There has been a lot of confusion over the years in regards to the significance of the variations of this buckle, and how this applied to the different organizations who wore them. It has recently been decided that any one of these organizations could have worn any variation, based on the date of the buckle it's self...if marked. See pages 381-392 of Peter Nash's "German Belt Buckles 1945-1945" for a more complete explanation.
Stamped from brass with all of the nickel plating and black enamel in the swaz intact, with minor surface scratches and some discoloration to the unmarked reverse.
B144
NM- Kriegsmarine Line Officer Undress Buckle

Struck from aluminum with a gold wash, this buckle is the same design as the 57mm brocade buckle, but this one is only 38mm and was used with the undress or dagger belt along with 2 lion head slides as seen below. Unmarked, this beauty retains 98% of the wash with minor corrosion on the reverse.
B085
NM Kriegsmarine Administrative
Official's Belt Buckle

Multi piece aluminum construction with the catch assembly pressed and riveted to the back. Maker marked "H" Incredible detail with pebbling inside the wreath leaves. 90% of the original silver finish remains. It's rare to get one in this condition AND with the original catch!
B062
E- Kriegsmarine Buckle with Leather Tab by
Richard Sieper & Söhne of Lüdenscheid

This is a 1938 model buckle, die struck from aluminum with 30% of the thin anodized gilt finish intact on the obverse and 80% on the reverse. There's some significant wear and scratches over the entire surface of the obverse, but what remains of the gold finish accentuates and adds character to the design. This rare buckle was made one of the few manufacturers contracted by the Reich, which was primarily due to the small demand by the Kriegsmarine. Sieper's trademark "R.S&S" is easily seen in raised text below the solid integral catch. The leather tab is well worn and a bit salty so I can't make out any stamps, but it's still soft and pliable with no dry rot or significant damage. Over all, this is an honest example of a beautiful buckle and a rare find in any condition.
B202
E++ Kriegsmarine Buckle by RODO

Late war 1940 buckle stamped from steel with 85% of the original dark navy blue/gray enamel on the front and 95% on the reverse. The reverse is stamped "RODO" with minor flaking to the roller shroud and prongs.
B116
E Injection Mold Aluminum HJ-Hitler Jugend (Hitler Youth) Buckle by Overhoft & Co of Lüdenscheid with it's Original Black Belt

This belt and buckle set came directly from the capturing vet so they've never been separated or altered. The buckle was constructed with an aluminum injection mold process that began in 1936. This unique process all but ceased in 1940, but some companies were known to have made injection mold HJ buckles as late as 1943-44. Overhoft's (circa 1936 and later) stamp can be seen just under the solid integral catch...a double RZM circle and "M4/27" in raised text. Other than typical oxidation and some tarnish from the years, the buckle is in near mint condition with some very subtle surface wear.

Like the tropical Luft set B211 listed above, which was not purchased from the same vet, the belt shows evidence of resizing by the original owner. The buckle adjustment tongue was cut off, sewn back on further down the belt, then removed again. If you look at my last photo you'll see 2 double rows of stitching from the tongue, plus there's 2 extra sets of holes crudely punched in the same area, and 2 more sets near the tip...all with subtle black wear from the buckle prongs. At first I thought the capturing vet did this, or perhaps his son who sold it to me, but when asked he insisted the belt is unaltered and exactly as it was when his father brought it home from the war. Once I inspected it more closely I decided the original owner must have worn it for several years as he grew from a boy to a young man....either that or the belt had more than one owner. The first set of holes punched into the belt will fit a 29 inch waist, and the most worn set near the tip will fit a 39 inch waist so there's 10 inches of room for adjustment....perhaps the last set was for use over a heavy winter coat.
B212
E+ HJ (Hitler Youth) Buckle, no maker

Stamped from steel with 98% of the field gray paint intact with minor rust in the crevasses on the reverse. Although the steel buckle was very common for all services from 1940-1945, painted HJ buckles are rarely seen. Most were maker marked and nickel plated or finished with a silver wash so this one is very rare and quite valuable in this condition.
B172
NM- Nickel Plated HJ (Hitler Youth) Buckle
by Overhoft & Co of Lüdenscheid.

Stamped from steel with all of the nickel silver plating intact on the front, while the reverse shows minor rust on the roundel. This buckle is stamped with the usual late 1936 marking, an RZM circle then "M/4/27" in a circle. This marking with the extra oblique was soon replaced with the conventional "M4/27" mark with out the circular cachet. A nice mint piece with subtle surface scratches.
B140
NM- Early HJ-Hitler Jugend (Hitler Youth) Buckle
by FW Assmann & Söhne of Lüdenscheid.

Stamped from solid nickel silver with minor wear and scratches from use. The reverse is stamped with Assmann's trademark, a large "A" over "A&S" on the left, followed by "GES.GESCH." in the center, and the early RZM logo over "17" on the right dating it between 1933 and 1934. Note: Ges.Gesch is short for "Gesetzlich Geschützt" which translates "legally protected"...as in the design is protected by law, or as some prefer..."patent pending".
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E HJ- Hitler Jugend (Hitler Youth) Buckle by "M4/38" Richard Sieper & Sohne of Lüdenscheid.
Injection Mold Kreigsmetall.
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NM- HJ (Hitler Youth) Buckle by
Dr Franke & Cei KG of Lüdenscheid

Die struck from white aluminum with an integral catch, this buckle was made between 1936 when the use of aluminum was introduced, and 1940 when the production of aluminum buckles was significantly reduced...Although some makers continued to make aluminum HJ buckles using the injection mold process until 1934-1944. This buckle appears to be unissued with only minor wear to the polished surface from being handled. Stamped on the reverse with the RZM circle and DR Franke's code "M4/23" in raised text.
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E- DJ (Deutsches Jugend) Belt Buckle

Stamped from brass and nickel plated with 98% intact on the front and 90% on the unmarked reverse. This buckle definitely saw some use with surface scratches over the entire surface.
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E- DJ (Deutsches Jugend) Belt Buckle

Stamped from brass and nickel plated with only 10% intact on the front and 90% on the reverse. I believe the rune may have been copper plated which was typical, but all that remains is a hint of copper around the perimeter. This buckle definitely saw some use with some minor dents and multiple scratches.
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NM- NSDAP Deutsches Jugend Buckle

2 piece construction stamped from brass. The roundel is attached with 2 prongs and appears to have a higher copper content since it has a slightly redder color than the 35mm field. Minor wear, mostly on the reverse indicates this piece was issued. A Rare find and in beautiful condition.
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NM Hitler Youth "Jung Stahlhelm" Buckle

Multi piece construction stamped steel buckle with 99% of the original field gray finish remaining. Oval shaped wreath with upraised sword in the center and crisp background pebbling, stamped from brass with 85% of the original silver wash remaining and attached with 2 prongs. Very rare HJ buckle!!!!!
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E++ Early DRK (Red Cross) Buckle

This is the 1870 pattern DRK buckle with brazed brass fittings that date it prior to 1920. 2 piece construction stamped from solid nickel silver with no maker's mark. Minor corrosion on the reverse, especially to the brass roller shroud, prongs and catch.
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M- DRK (German Red Cross) Buckle
by Overhoff & Cie of Lüdenscheid.

This buckle is constructed from injection molded "kreigsmetall" dating it after 1942-1943. It is common for these buckles to either have no maker's mark or "GES.GESCH." with the OLC trademark on the reverse in raised text which is how this one is marked. Some were also stamped with a number 1 or 2 after "GES.GESCH." which was originally thought to be the manufacturer's code....1 being the principal contractor Overhoff & Cie of Lüdenscheid. However, some buckles are also marked with their trade mark "OLC" in a diamond so it's more probable that 1 and 2 represent the die numbers. Note: Ges.Gesch is short for "Gesetzlich Geschützt" which translates "legally protected"...as in the design is protected by law, or as some prefer..."patent pending". This pristine example is in mint condition with a couple tiny dings on the eagle's left leg and wing. See page 411 of Peter Nash's "German Belt Buckles 1845-1945" for an identical example.
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M Feuerwehr (Fire Defense) Buckle

2 piece construction, the pebbled body was die struck from aluminum and the roundel from brass. The central design features a Feuerwehr helmet, ladder, and rope with "Gott Zur Ehr Dem, Nächsten Zur Wehr" (God to the Honor, the Neighbor to the Defense...or Honor your God and Defend your Neighbor) Around the perimeter.
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E+ Rare DAF (Deutsches Arbeits Front)Werkschar Buckle by Paul Cramer & Cie of Lüdenscheid.

Although this was a large organization, not many examples of this buckle exist because only uniformed leaders wore buckles. Struck from aluminum with a matte finish, aluminum was the only material specified by the RZM when the buckle came into production in 1936. Production of the DAF uniform and this buckle was prohibited by 1940 so buckles dated after should be scrutinized. Marked with the RZM double circle and Cramer's "M4/44" on the reverse.
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M- RAD-Reichs Arbeits Dienst (German Labor Force) Buckle and Tab by the Gustav Brehmer Firm of Markneukirchen

Die struck from aluminum with an integral catch. The maker's mark, an intertwined "GB" and the date of production "39", are seen at the base of the shovel head in raised text. This mint beauty appears to be unused, except for the owner's name and troop number "Cresser Trupp 5" written in ink on the back of the leather tab. The leather tab is still soft and supple with no wear, stamped on the obverse with the date of production "1938" in the center and "G.BREHMER MARKEUNKIRCHEN" inside the double oval.
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E+ RAD (Reichs Arbeits Dienst) Buckle
by Gustav Brehmer of Markneukirchen

Die struck from aluminum with an integral catch. The maker's mark, an intertwined "GB", and the date of production "39", are seen at the base of the shovel head in raised text. This piece is in excellent condition despite typical wear to the swaz.
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E++ Nazi Era Der Stahlhelm Veteran's Buckle

Stamped from steel with 85% of the original gray/green painted finish on the front, the back is rusted. Very nice for display and a rare find!
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E Named Reichsheer Belt Buckle by
Heinrich Arld of Nürnberg, circa 1929

This rarely seen painted steel buckle may not be "Third Reich", but it is from the NSDAP era and most likely belonged to a member who joined the Nazi Party during what Hitler referred to as "the quiet years". The leather tab or "pouch support strap" is the most significant feature with a rare maker's stamp and an oil cloth name tag in Sütterlin Schrift. The first line reads "Oberkanonier" (Private First Class) over "Menier" (owner's name) with "Nachrichtenzug A.R. 35" (Signals Platoon Artillery Regiment 35) underneath. It's difficult to see in my photo, but the short tab is stamped with the date of manufacture "1929" in a large font over the manufacturer's cachet "HEIN ARLD" over "NÜRNBERG". Andres Heinrich Arld was a "master metal artefact craftsman" who founded his company at 20 Jacobstrasse, Nürnberg in 1861. The Arld factory manufactured military insignia in both world wars, but was most notably known as a "Münzprägeanstalt" (coin mint) that manufactured "emergency money" during WWI. The company was twice relocated during the aftermath of WWII, but "Arld and Zeiser Toy Coins" still operates today as a vending machine token factory at
185 Humboldstrasse in Nürnberg.

According to Peter Nash (see page 113 of his "German Belt Buckles 1845-1945"), most of these newly designed Weimar Republic buckles (circa 1921-1934) were stamped from nickel silver. Although quite rare, some painted steel examples are known to exist. This steel buckle shows consistent wear over the entire raised surface with only 60% of the dark field gray enamel intact so I think it's safe to assume the owner removed the paint himself in order to give the buckle more character.
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E Rare 1917 Württemberg Belt Buckle

This buckle is stamped from steel with a post 1916 modified roller shroud and prong construction with "JD17" (Julius Dinnebier? 1917) stamped under the catch. 85% of the dark steel gray/green enamel is still intact with minor wear on the front and mild rust on the reverse. The design features a crowned lion and stag holding the coat of arms with "FURCHTLOS UND TREW" (Fearless and Loyal) on a banner below as well as around the perimeter inside the roping. A very rare buckle featuring a design change to the earlier prong design.
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F WWI Belt and Buckle

The roller bar is missing from the buckle, and the tongue from the belt, but the 2 still make a nice display at a very reasonable price.
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E Prussian Belt Buckle

Stamped from steel with 95% of the original gray enamel still intact and no maker's mark. There's some minor wear on the front from being handled, but other wise there's no evidence to show that this buckle was ever issued.
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E Early Nazi/Weimar Republic Belt Buckle

One piece construction from nickle silver. Has correct crimp to keeper. This buckle was worn by high ranking civilians working for the government in the 1920-30's.
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F+ WWI Imperial Austrian Belt Buckle

Beautiful design with a double headed eagle. Unfortunately the roller bar is gone, but it's still a very nice piece.
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NM Spanish Blue Division Officer's Belt Buckle

This incredibly RARE buckle was struck from steel with 100% of the original plating intact. There is only minor wear to what appears to be an unissued buckle. Only a few small scratches and some hints of tarnish around the emblem, other wise MINT.
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E Spanish Blue Division EM Buckle

Die struck from heavy brass with 25% of the nickle finish remaining. Crisp detail with the feathers on the arrows and erratic back ground pebbling. Very nice and even more RARE!
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E++ Spanish Blue Division EM Buckle

Struck from steel with 98% of the plating intact. There is some very minor lifting and rust along the left edge. Crisp detail with an erratic back ground pebbling. Very nice and very RARE!
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