Here we have a 2nd pattern Army (Heer) Belt and Buckle by Louis Keller, Oberstein, introduced in 1937. The buckle is constructed of an injection molded aluminum alloy base that has been silver washed and burnished. The obverse roundel depicts a closed winged Heer eagle griping a mobile swastika in its talons on a textured round background. The eagle is above a half oak leaf and acorn wreath that is tied together at the bottom and is underneath the Heer motto reading: “Gott Mit Uns” (God with us). The wreath and motto are both in front of a decorative lined background which is encircled by two twisted ropes. The roundel lies on a pebbled rectangular backing. The reverse shows an integral catch and and aluminum pin, post/sleeve and prongs assembly. It shows period wear yet nice detail remains. The buckle measures approximately 2 1/2 inches wide by 1 7/8 inches high. Attached to the buckle is a 1st pattern “105” sized black/brown leather belt. It features a stitched on green painted steel hook to the one end and a stitched on 18 hole punched tongue to the other. The leather is maker marked and dated “Franz Brehme Walsrode 1941”, though is tough to make out. The leather is crazed. A nice assembly!
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