Attention! The manufacturer changes stamps on the buckles from batch to batch. If you need a buckle with particular stamps, mention it in the order, we will choose one for you (if it is in stock).
The buckle is made of steel. The buckle depicts the symbol of the German air force of the Third Reich (flying eagle with a swastika in its claws) in the oval wreath of bay-leaves. The buckle depicts the symbol of the Hitler youth paramilitary organization (the eagle, head to the right, holding a diamond in its claws with swastika in the center); all this in a circle with the motto Blut und Ehre (blood and honor). The use of this motto is now restricted in Germany. The same pattern is pressed in on the reverse side, as is customary for stamped metal products. The rotary bar is made of three parts as originals and is riveted onto the buckle. The bail is massive, stamped 3-mm thick wire, solded. The design of the buckle has an unsurpassed similarity with the original, all the details are finely worked out, it is the best copy of our time.
This buckle fits a 45mm wide belt, it can be technically used with Wehrmacht, Waffen-SS and Luftwaffe belts, which are for sale in our shop.
The buckle is sold unpainted and without leather pull-tab, as seen in the photo. You can buy the paint and pull-tab from us separately.
Originally the box buckles came in a 50mm width until 1895, when the width was reduced to 45mm, in an attempt to lighten the weight load of the field gear. This style of buckle was also used by the Prussian-dominated states of Baden, Oldenburg, Hansa and Thuringia. Initially the buckles were produced of brass with a nickel/silver face plate until 1914 when steel construction buckles were introduced.
The belt for the field uniform was originally of tanned leather, but blackened leather was re-introduced in 1915.
Historical information from germanmilitaria.com.