S000591 SS OFFICER'S BROCADE BELT & BELT BUCKLE. (SS-Feldbinde und Koppelschloß)

BACKGROUND: The Allgemeine-SS, (General-SS), was originally formed in May 1923 under the auspices of the SA, Sturm Abteilung, (Storm Troopers), as the Stosstrupp Adolf Hitler (Shock Troops), and was redesignated Schutzstaffel, (Protection Squad), in April 1925 with the official acceptance of the name verified on the second anniversary of the failed Munich "Beer-Hall" Putsch on November 9TH 1925. As a subordinate unit to the SA early SS personnel wore the standard SA style box belt buckle. It is believed that Adolf Hitler personally designed a new pattern box belt buckle specifically for wear by SS EM/NCO personnel with the manufacturing patent being originally granted to the Overhoff & Cie. firm in Lüdenscheid. This new style buckle was adopted for wear by EM/NCO personnel in late 1931 or early 1932. Although the SS EM/NCO personnel’s belt buckle was officially introduced in late 1931 or early 1932 it is unknown if the circular Officer’s buckle was introduced at the same time. The SS Officer’s brocade belt, was originally introduced in 1937 for wear by Officers of the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, and was adopted in 1938 by all SS Officers for wear with parade, dress and walking-out dress uniforms. Of Note: In 1939 wear of the SS Officers brocade belt was extended to Police Officers, who were under control of the SS since June 1936, and replaced their previously worn brocade belt. Regulations stated that the backing of the belts worn by the Ordnungspolizei, (Order Police), be in a field-grey material and that worn by personnel of the Wasserschutzpolizei, (Water Protection Police), be in a navy blue material. Of Note: The RZM, Reichzeugmeisterei, (National Equipment Quartermaster), was official founded in June 1934 in Munich by the NSDAP as a Reich Hauptamt, (State Central Office), and was based on the earlier SA Quartermaster’s Department. The functions of the RZM were not only to procure and distribute items to Party formations, but also to approve chosen designs and to act as a quality control supervisor to ensure items manufactured for the Party met required specification and were standardized. Starting in late 1934 items manufactured for the SS came under the quality control of the RZM and as a result were to be marked with the RZM/SS approval/acceptance mark. In 1943 the Waffen-SS assumed full control over their uniform item production and no longer fell under the authority of the RZM.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Die struck alloy construction circular buckle with a roughly, 50mm diameter. The buckle features a high relief stylized national eagle with outstretched, downward curving, wings clutching an oak-leaf wreath which encompasses a static swastika. The background of the eagle is slightly pebbled and the top half of the buckle has a simulated rope like border. The bottom half of the buckle has an embossed banner with an embossed Gothic scripted motto, "Meine Ehre heißt Treue", (My Honour is Loyalty). The reverse of the buckle is a mirror image of the obverse and has a raised circular center piece with crimped edges to hold the buckle catch and crimped retainer for the prong bar and prongs. The prong bar and prongs are both intact. The reverse of the buckle catch is well marked with impressed, RZM logo with dual circular borders, SS runes with a single circular border, contract numeral and date, "35/36", with a single circular border. The roughly, 43mm wide, 110cm long, woven, bright silver/aluminum construction brocade belt features repeating, alternating, interwoven oak-leaf sprigs and SS runes. A few small worn areas to the silver and there are four small holes in the back, but nothing distracting. Both the top and bottom edges of the belt are trimmed with two narrow horizontal black stripes flanking a central silver/aluminum stripe. The belt has both of the sliding, vertical, "keepers" intact with the same black, silver/aluminum, black stripes, but running vertically instead of horizontally. One end of the belt is folded over and machine stitched to the reverse which secures the cast, natural aluminum buckle catch. The other end of the belt has a pointed tip and a leather retaining tongue machine stitched to the reverse. The reverse of the belt is finished with a green cloth backing. Original SS RZM tag is still present. Nice!

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $6,965.00

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