Original German Pre-WWII NSDAP Civic Police Officer's Belt with Buckle by Overhoff & Cie. - dated 1936
Original Items: Only One Available. This is a very nice early production Pre-WWII German NSDAP Leibriemenschloß für Polizei Offizier (Belt Buckle for Police Officers), with the correct leather belt. The NSDAP Civic Police had a military type rank structure, so there were Enlisted men and officers. On June 17th 1936, Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler was appointed to the newly created position of Chef der Deutschen Polizei im Reichsministerium des Innern, (Chief of the German Police in the National Ministry of the Interior), effectively giving him full control of all police agencies within Germany.
As a result of this appointment and the restructuring of all the separate German state police into a single national police force, new regulations were instituted to bring about uniformity in dress for all police through-out the country. One of the new uniform regulations, was the introduction of two, new styles of belt buckles on June 25th 1936 with a round buckle for Officer’s ranks of Polizei Obermeister up to and including, Generaloberst der Polizei and a box buckle for NCO ranks of Polizei Unterwachtmeister up to and including Polizei Meister
The round officer's buckle is constructed of die struck aluminum, and has a central raised circle, with the canted NSDAP Swas (Hook Cross or Swas) in the center. Surrounding this on the bottom is a very nice wreath of oak leaves and acorns, with Gott mit uns (God with us) in gothic letters on the top. The reverse of the buckle is concave, and has the buckle catch, which on the other end is crimped around the rectangular keeper. The buckle shows minimal use, with just a bit of fading to the silver wash. The opposite clasp is in a similar condition.
The rear of the clip is marked with the OLC in a diamond trademark of Overhoff & Cie. of Lüdenscheid, who produced numerous clothing accessories. It is also marked ges. gesch., for Gesetzlich Geschützt (Protected By Law), indicating that the clip was a trademarked design. Below this is a number 36, for 1936, the first year of production for this pattern.
The belt itself is somewhat large, measuring 2 inches wide, and about 42 inches in length. The leather is a lovely aged brown color, with a little bit of wear from the buckle and use.
Finding belts with buckles in this lightly worn condition is extremely difficult. Ready to add to your German Belt Collection!
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