Allgemeine SS Officer Belt Buckle (Silvered Aluminum version)

CATEGORY: Version

SKU: 50.GOR.02.02.02.001.001

Estimated market value:

$1400 USD

  • Allgemeine SS Officer Belt Buckle (Silvered Aluminum version) Obverse
  • Allgemeine SS Officer Belt Buckle (Silvered Aluminum version) Obverse
  • Allgemeine SS Officer Belt Buckle (Silvered Aluminum version) Reverse
  • Allgemeine SS Officer Belt Buckle (Silvered Aluminum version) Reverse

Estimated market value:

$1400 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Composition
    Silvered Aluminium
  • Inscription
    Obv: MEINE EHRE HEIßT TREUE

History


The belt and buckle worn by Allgemeine SS Officers were the same as those later worn by the Waffen-SS. The design was introduced in around 1933 and remained unchanged.

Officers wore a circular shaped buckle that featured the national eagle with spread wings and holding an enwreathed swastika in its talons. Along the bottom circumference of the circle, there is a scroll with the inscription, “Meine Ehre heißt Treue” (my honour is loyalty).

The Officer’s buckle ranges from 45 to 50mm in size. The buckle was produced in nickel, aluminium, or a metal alloy.

In late 1934, SS uniforms and accoutrements came under the control of the RZM and as a result, these items received RZM approval markings. In 1943, the SS took over control of uniform production and the items no longer needed RZM authorization. Thus, the addition of an RZM marker indicates pre-war or early war production.

The reverse of the buckle generally features the following markers: “RZM”, “SS”, a manufacturer’s code, and the last two digits of the year of manufacture.

Officers wore the belt buckle on a black leather belt with their service uniform and on a brocade belt with their dress wear.

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