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1936 Period, German, SS Officer's, "Weisses Lederzeug" (i.e.: "White Leather Equipment"), Belt, Cross Strap, and Fittings
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This ultra rare German, SS Offcier's leather belt, cross strap, and fittings is
to find these days. SS Officer's only wore the set "officially" from 1936 to 1937 when the silver color brocade belt was introduced as a replacement. Photographic evidence however, indicates that SS Officer's wore them right up to the start of the war in 1939. This belt is in fair to good shape and is better than it looks. This particular belt has a very heavy vinyl (?)/plastic laminated/glued-on outer white skin. The skin has one split at the 3rd set of buckle prong holes. The leather is in great shape and is very pliable and is size imprinted "110". There are no other markings. The leather is of the proper color and type for pre-1945 belts.
The edges have the rounded radii as is correct on WWII period belts. The buckle keeper is nickel plated and is rivited on. The white stiching is also correct. The belt is in need of a cleaning. There are 3 belt loops included. Two are for the cross strap and one is a slider for securing the belt's end tab. The thread on one slider is present, but torn, but is a easy restoration. All 3 belt loops are also vinyl (?)/plastic laminated and the leather on all is very pliable. The 3 cross strap loops/sliders are all slightly different in manufacture. Two of them are made of un-shaved leather on the inner side and 1 is shaved smooth. On 1 loop the "D" ring is hallmarked, but not readable. The 2nd "D" ring is nicely hallmarked "RZM UE71" giving great proof of Nazi era provenance. The 3 snap hooks are all of cast white (pot) metal construction and are of the correct pebbled surface type. All 3 work fine. The leather cross strap follows exactly the construction of the belt in vinyl (?), leather color and pliability, radiused edges etc. It's mini-buckle is cast and unhallmarked. The mini-slider is also matching and vinyl (?) laminated. All stiching is matching to the belt and is of the correct WWII style.
Comments from the Curator:
The museum has owned this ultra rare SS Officer's belt set for over 35 years now. It is a 100% original, pre-WWII made, SS Officer's ensemble. The 1 R.Z.M. hallmark found is good proof of provenance of that. We would have thought that there would have been more markings found but alas, it is inly lightly hallmarked. Collectors have asked us how we know that it is not of post WWII manufacture. Well, the East and West German made white belts are made
completely different in ALL aspects,
from this example. The post war types can not be remotely construed as being of WWII origin when examined. We have examined those crude post war types, and they are badly made junk. But to add more proof to this rare grouping, we have added an amazing 45 pages of research papers showing this rare grouping, with even a photo of the post war type included. This is a rare chance to acquire a SS Officer's parade belt grouping that is easy to restore with a little T.L.C.
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