Attention! The buckles are not painted (steel color) and are supplied in a thin layer of oil. To prevent rust over time, the buckle can be painted (usually for SS they were painted in silver, and later in Feldgrau — gray-green color). Also, the buckle can be galvanized. You can coat it with varnish to remain the color of the bare metal and have protection against corrosion. As a rule, corrosion does not appear on the outside, but the buckle may rust inside. Light corrosion will not damage the buckle, but this process cannot be called useful...
The buckle is made of steel. The buckle depicts SS eagle (eagle with a swastika in its claws and spread wings, head to the right) and with the motto "Meine Ehre heißt Treue" (my honor is called loyalty). 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.
Steel buckles were started to produce since 1940. All the equipment parts, which earlier were made from aluminum, began steel-stamped from that year on. Aluminum buckles were more common at the front until 1942.
As a rule, leather pull-tab was sewn to the buckle. The tab is usual for steel buckles somewhere until 1942, and then it was abolished. It bore the manufacturer's marking and, sometimes, the abbreviated name of the unit where the soldier served. However, name of the unit is not typical for steel buckles (after 1940). The pull-tab was to hold the equipment if the belt was took off, to prevent the equipment from sliding off the belt under its own weight. The buckle can be used without the pull-tab, the belt + buckle set is ready for wearing.