Original German WWII 1936 dated EM/NCO Luftwaffe Belt with Pebbled "Droop Tail" Eagle Aluminum Buckle Berg & Nolte - LBA Marked

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice Pre-WWII German Wehrmacht Luftwaffe EM/NCO's Pebbled Aluminum Belt Buckle (Koppelschloß), with the correct leather belt. The buckle is embossed with an early pattern "Droop Tail" Luftwaffe Eagle inside a laurel wreath on the front. Only the earliest Luftwaffe material was marked with this eagle, which later had a tail that extended out more to the left. It is the standard injection molded aluminum "box" pattern with a pebbled texture on the front, and is not maker marked on the metal. The buckle is in very good condition, with the pebbling well retained, and some of the detail in the eagle present. There is definitely some wear, to be expected on an aluminum buckle that has seen much service.

The buckle still retains the Pre-1941 leather tab, which is manufacturer marked and dated, though somewhat hard to read:


On the other side, it is also stamped L.B.A.B. 36, for 1936 issue by the Luftwaffebekleidungsamt, which means Air Force Clothing Office. This was only seen in the Pre-WWII and early war days, and makes this buckle very desirable. This same marking is stamped faintly on the belt by the end clip.

The belt itself measures about 38” from end to end, made from thick black leather, and the buckle claw is put through holes in the belt itself. There is a set of stitch marks for the size adjustment tab, however the tab was lost over time, which is why the holes were added to the belt. It is in very good service worn condition, and conforms exactly to the early pattern, with an aluminum clip on the end.

Overall a very nice example of a hard to find WWII German Belt and buckle with lots of patina. Ready to research and display!

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