Kriegsmarine Officer's Undress Belt Strap

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SKU: 21.GOR.02.02.008.000

Estimated market value:

$75 USD

  • Kriegsmarine Officer's Undress Belt Strap Top
  • Kriegsmarine Officer's Undress Belt Strap Obverse
  • Kriegsmarine Officer's Undress Belt Strap Obverse
  • Kriegsmarine Officer's Undress Belt Strap Reverse
  • Kriegsmarine Officer's Undress Belt Strap Reverse
  • Kriegsmarine Officer's Undress Belt Strap Reverse

Estimated market value:

$75 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Size
    970mm

Physical Description and Item Details


This Kriegsmarine undress belt is constructed out of fine black ribbed moire fabric with black velvet backing; black leather strap sewn on the inside of the belt with pairs of vertically aligned holes with a double claw construction to allow for size adjustment; belt size as adjusted - 97 cm. Some crinkles in the felt backing, but overall better than very fine condition.

History


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 J├╝ttner and Friedrich Linden.

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

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