Here’s an early Reichsarbeitsdienst (RAD) EM/NCO Belt Buckle by Richard Sieper & Sohne 1936! Introduced in 1936. It is constructed out of an injection molded aluminum-alloy base that has been silver washed and burnished. The obverse roundel depicts a RAD logo, which consists of: a mobile swastika above an upright spade shovel head, this lies on a circular rough background which is encircled by a pebbled ring and five wheat leaves on a line type pattern and is then encircled by a smooth border. The roundel lies on a pebbled rectangular background. The reverse is maker marked with three “S” diamonds (Richard Sieper & Sohne, Lüdenscheid), this is considered to be an early RSS marking. It also shows an integral catch and aluminum proings. Attached to the prongs is a dual dark brown leather tab which has been folded over and stitched in place. The tab is maker marked and dated: “Richard Sieper & Sohne Lüdenscheid 1936”. The buckle is well worn. The buckle measures approximately 1 7/8 inches tall by 2 ½ inches wide. Nice maker marks and tabs!
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