Original German WWII Kriegsmarine Coastal Artillery EM/NCO Steel Belt Buckle by Josef Feix & Söhne
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very good condition some what rare WWII German Kriegsmarine (Navy) EM/NCO's Belt Buckle (Koppelschloß). The Navy used the standard Wehrmacht pattern buckles, but instead of the Field Gray color used by the Heer, they usually painted them a gold color. However, this was deemed most likely not the best color to use in Küstenartillerie (Coastal artillery) emplacements, so in 1937 they began to issue these dark blue belt buckles instead.
The Buckle design features a smooth outer field with central, high relief, embossed Wehrmacht eagle with down swept wings to slightly domed center, encompassed by an oak-leaf cluster to bottom and bears the Wehrmact motto GOTT MIT UNS, (God with us), on the top. The oak-leaf cluster and script are on a ribbed background and encircled by an inner and outer simulated twisted rope border. This is a great field grey painted steel construction box buckle with a smooth background. The buckle is in great condition, with almost all of the original paint, and just some oxidation on the back and wear from storage. It does not appear to have been used on a belt for any significant amount of time.
The back of the buckle is nicely stamped with maker mark JFS for Josef Feix & Söhne of Gablonz, in the so-called Sudetenland. The leather tab, which would often be on buckles by this maker, is unfortunately missing.
Overall condition is very good, with an exceptional eye appeal!
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