Original German WWII NSDAP Political Leader’s Belt with Aluminum Buckle - RZM Marked
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice WWII German NSDAP Political Leader’s Belt Buckle (Koppelschloß) with correct leather belt. It is constructed of stamped aluminum, and has a spread-winged NSDAP eagle with a wreathed, mobile swastika in its talons. Encircling the eagle is a wreath of oak leaves, which the eagle’s wings extend into. The reverse of the buckle is concave, and has the buckle catch, which on the other end is crimped around the rectangular keeper. The outside of the keeper has an embossed oak leaf motif, while the inside has the claw for attaching to the buckle. The clasp for the catch on the other end of the belt has a matching oak leaf motif.
The circular Political Leader’s buckle was introduced in 1940, a double open-claw buckle having been used prior to that. Prior to 1934, the SA Belt and buckle were used, but after 1940 this more ornate buckle was used. The buckle itself is in excellent condition, with almost all of the original finish present. It does have some wear, but is still in better condition than any we have seen.
The back of the buckle is marked with an RZM circle and with the code M4/39. The clasp on the belt is marked with the circle and code M4/46. The Reichszeugmeisterei, or RZM, was was based at the Brown house in Munich and Nazi party headquarters in Berlin. The RZM ensured that the manufacturers of military items were consistent in design, quality of materials and other characteristics of the items. It also defined standards of design, manufacturing and quality and published an authoritative color chart for textiles.
The M4 in the code stands for buckles, and registrant 39 is F. W. Assmann & Söhne of Lüdenscheid, a large maker of belts, buttons, and other accoutrements. Registrant 46 is Wilhelm Schroder & Cie, also of Lüdenscheid, which had a large number of companies who made buckles, buttons, and other clothing items.
The belt itself measures 35” when fully extended, but does not have any size markings. The leather is in very good condition, and has most of the original brown dye finish on the outside of the belt. The inside is a lovely brown color, and there are no cracks or tears. Overall a great example of a hard to find WW2 German Belt in excellent condition.
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