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Title Aluminium army buckle with Wiederhalt, 1936 pattern
Nationality German
Period 1939

This is the first issue pattern one-piece army buckle of the Third Reich, replacing the two-piece example. In turn it was replaced by the next model in pressed steel, as an economy measure to preserve precious aluminium. It is of injection-mould construction, and is marked on the Wiederhalt (tag) for Jul. Kremp of Ludenscheid and dated 1939.

The original brown leather tag has survived, but the stitching has been replaced in black cobbler's thread rather than the original white. It has the bulk of its paint on the reverse and only very faint traces on the front. However, the relief is nice and sharp and the feathering is still clearly visible on the eagle's breast. This is normally the first detail to be worn smooth.

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[Belt Buckles : Third Reich : Army]


I wanted to let you know that the kepi arrived today safely. A super nice kepi! Also wanted to say that it was a pleasure doing business with you.

M S, USA, 20.08.2009

Package received promptly and safely and many thanks for this.

S F, UK, 02.03.2009