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Original Imperial German WWI Prussian Enlisted Mans “Gott Mit Uns” Brass & Nickel Belt Buckle on a 1940 Dated Belt

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice WWI Imperial German M1895 Prussian Belt Buckle (Koppelschloß) with a 1940 dated brown leather belt. This buckle features two-piece construction, with a 45mm, slightly convex, stamped brass metal box buckle, with an attached Nickel Prussian insignia. This features the Prussian Crown, encompassed by a dual rope-like border within which, against a ribbed background, is the motto “GOTT MIT UNS” (God [is] With Us), and a spray of laurels. To the reverse is its raised buckle catch, and a metal prong bar with dual prongs, for the belt’s retaining tongue.
The buckle is in good condition, with a nice patina of age, but not excessive oxidation and has a small dent within the crown on the face of the buckle. A very attractive display piece that still retains all of the detail on the insignia.

The belt itself measures 39” when fully extended. The leather is supple and in good condition, with the expected wear and deterioration from being over 80 years of age. It has some markings stamped on the inner side by the buckle catch, most of the makers mark and location is barely legible with the year 1940 easiest to read.

A very nice example, ready to display!
 
History of German/Prussian Belt Buckles:
First introduced in 1847, the design of the buckle remained virtually unchanged until 1918. After January of 1915, these buckles, which were also used by the Prussian-dominated states of Baden, Oldenburg, Hansa and Thuringia, were made of zinc-plated sheet iron. Originally the box buckles came in a 50mm, (roughly 2 inches), width until 1895 when the width was reduced to 45mm, (roughly 1 3/4 inches), in an attempt to lighten the weight load of the field gear. Initially the buckles were produced of brass with a nickel/silver face plate until 1914 when steel construction buckles were introduced.
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