Original Imperial German WWI Prussian Steel Signal Telegraph Troop EM-NCO Belt Buckle
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice rare Imperial German WWI Prussian Steel Belt Buckle (Koppelschloß), designed for use by Signals and Telegraph troops. It is 105mm wide, intended to help distribute the load better, and has steel loops at either end, where a wire spool would be attached to let out cable. This buckle features the standard stamped metal box construction, which originally was painted, but has since all worn away. The front features the Prussian Crown, encompassed by a dual rope-like border within which, against a ribbed background, is the Prussian motto GOTT MIT UNS (God [is] With Us), and a spray of laurels. To the reverse is its welded-on 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, and signs of long service. It is still quite solid, with a lovely dull gray color. A very attractive display piece that still retains most of the detail on the insignia. There are no maker markings that we can see.
A very nice example of a rare German belt buckle from "The Great War", ready to display, or even use!
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. Signals/Telegraph personnel were outfitted with a special, elongated, belt buckle which incorporated two raised bars designed to support a wire spool for laying communication lines.
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