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Title Saxon other ranks belt buckle, model 1895
Nationality German
Period 1914
Price £70.00

This design, a Prussian one, started in 1848 as a 50mm wide box buckle, later reduced (in 1895) to a 45mm wide one and was replaced in 1915 by a pressed steel example with a field grey finish. It was worn by all arms except cavalry, who wore a plain open frame buckle.

The Saxons adopted the wider box buckle after the war with Prussia in 1866. In 1895, in conjunction with all the other minor states of Germany and Prussia itself, the whole army adopted the narrower buckle. This narrower version was then continued in the Weimar and Third Reich eras with different motifs.

The face plate is brass with a nickel centre soldered to it. It is marked 'H.AURICH // DRESDEN // 1914' on the reverse. These Saxon buckles are practically the only examples throughout all Germany that were actually stamped and dated with a maker's mark.

There is some severe bruising to the left hand side, which has been partially hammered out. Otherwise, the buckle is in good order.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Belt Buckles : German : 20th Century]


Many thanks, the bayonet arrived safely, I am very pleased, thanks

T A, UK, 16.05.2015

Excellent information, Chris, you've been making a big effort! I will spell it out more closely (I'm a historian!) and don't think Bezdek can add much more.

A C, Belgium, 26.06.2005