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militaria item Prussian infantry belt buckle, 1896 model
- German
This standard buckle is the 45 mm width variety, which in 1896 replaced the earlier 50 mm width variety of 1848. It would have been worn on a russet brown leather belt at the beginning of WW1, which soon changed to black leather during the course of the war. The same thing happened with the jackboot.
£50.00
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militaria item Imperial German navy dirk belt buckle
- German
This little buckle (4cm diameter) was the German equivalent of the midshipman's buckle in the Royal Navy and fulfilled a similar function, namely to hang the dirk from a belt, but in this case a dark blue silk one. As with virtually all of these, there is no maker's mark. This is the second pattern, with the W superimposed on the anchor.
£75.00
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militaria item Model 1895 Bavarian waist belt clasp, other ranks
- German
This has got its original leather tag, designed to keep the ammunition pouch in place on the belt, and is stamped 'OEL' to the reverse, which may stand for 'Offenberg - Engels & Co, Ludenscheid'. The size of the lettering (larger than normal) may indicate post-war ownership by this factory for use on a display board or as a sample.
£75.00
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militaria item Weimar armed forces waist belt clasp, other ranks
- German
This relatively uncommon die-struck steel example has a blue-grey finish to the front, suggesting possible navy use, with a field-grey finish to the reverse. A nickel version of this buckle (for parade and walking out) is occasionally found with a field-grey finish.
£70.00
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militaria item Bavarian other ranks waist belt clasp, 1896 model
- German
These buckles were worn by the Bavarian infantry and artillery units in the Great War. They were introduced in 1896 at the same time as the patterns of Prussia, Wurtemberg, etc.
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militaria item Weimar Army belt buckle
- German
It was worn from about 1927 to the early years of WW2, when it was replaced by the 1936 model of the Third Reich, although they did go on making them after 1936 as I have seen one with the leather Wiederhalt stamped 1938.
£45.00
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militaria item Reichspost telegraph boy's belt buckle
- German
The double horse motif could refer to Hamburg or Brunswick, as there is a Party day badge for Hamburg with a very similar double horse motif, while Brunswick also used the horse as a central motif on its coat of arms. These are rare on account of the strong probability that the bulk of them were scrapped for their metal content during WW2.
£80.00
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militaria item Brunswick Fire Brigade belt buckle, 2nd pattern
- German
This two-piece aluminium buckle is in excellent condition. Note the loss of 'Gott mit uns' to the face plate. This buckle was the post-war replacement for the 1st pattern and the Nazi motif variety.
£50.00
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