Kriegsmarine Officer's Undress Belt Buckle


SKU: 21.GOR.

Estimated market value:

$150 USD

  • Kriegsmarine Officer's Undress Belt Buckle Obverse
  • Kriegsmarine Officer's Undress Belt Buckle Obverse
  • Kriegsmarine Officer's Undress Belt Buckle Reverse
  • Kriegsmarine Officer's Undress Belt Buckle Reverse
  • Kriegsmarine Officer's Undress Belt Buckle Reverse
  • Kriegsmarine Officer's Undress Belt Buckle Obverse

Estimated market value:

$150 USD


  • Country
  • Composition
    Aluminum gilt
  • Size

Physical Description and Item Details

Buckle gilt aluminum, reverse marked 1940 Friedrich Linden Lüdenscheid, measuring 38.8 mm; lion belt fittings measuring 32.8 mm each, mounted on belt measuring 3.5 x 95 cm, better than extremely fine.


The headgear, uniforms, and insignia worn by members of the Kriegsmarine were based upon the designs utilized by the Kaiserliche Marine (Imperial Navy) and the Reichsmarine of the Weimar Republic. The official regulations governing the uniforms of the Reichsmarine were issued on April 5, 1921, and they were embraced, with a few alterations, as the Kriegsmarine uniforms in 1935.

From 1933-1945, the uniforms worn by personnel in the German Navy were produced and disseminated by the Navy Clothing Depot and private manufacturers.

The brocade belt strap and buckle were first introduced in 1869, but the version worn by Officers of the Kriegsmarine was based upon the brocade belt worn during the Reichsmarine. The Kriegsmarine brocade belts removed the imperial crown image from the belt buckle and replaced it with a fouled anchor.

The undress dress belt strap and buckle are composed of several main elements, including the moire belt strap, the lionhead belt fittings, the two rectangular catches, the buckle, the buckle hook, and the manufacturer mark.

The undress strap is composed of black moire and a black wool backer. The undress belts were worn with the undress uniform. The left end of the moire belt is fitted with a rectangular belt catch/hook, which may be gold-coloured for Officers or silver-coloured for Administrative Officials with the equivalent rank of Officer.

The buckle was originally gold-coloured and worn exclusively by Line Officers, but after 1934, a silver-coloured version of the belt buckle was introduced for wear by Administrative Officials. The obverse of the buckle features a fouled anchor in the centre of a circular wreath. The reverse of the buckle has a catch that connects to the right end of the strap. The dress brocade belt buckle and the undress belt buckle feature the same obverse design, but the dress buckle is larger than the undress buckle.

The marks of private manufacturers vary widely, ranging from codes to full names, and even abbreviated letters, as well as the year of manufacture. After 1942, Reich numbers (Reichsbetriebsnummer) were also used as manufacturer marks (RB-).

Known manufacturers include, but are not limited to, Emil Jüttner and Friedrich Linden.

The Officer's Undress Belt is also known as the Dagger Belt (Überschnallkoppel).


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