I went down to Southern Ontario on the weekend and slithered through a couple of antique malls while I was there. A couple of small items followed me home. This one is a Hitler Youth belt buckle stamped M4/94, manufactured by Franz Weinrank, Vienna.
Archive for the Belts & Belt Buckles Category
Ever since that KM Dagger walked into my life a few months ago I have been looking for a good Officer belt and buckle to hang it off. The dagger came with the narrow undress belt but I wanted the broader undress belt. Here it is, lovely.
Being a Kiwi I have an attachment to the Gallipoli campaign of 1915. When I visited Turkey in 2012 I made sure that I got to Anzac Cove and Chunik Bair. I scooped a little bit of soil from there into a container and dragged that home. Elsewhere here I have an Ottoman award and have been looking for an Ottoman era belt buckle for a while. This one has the toghra (personal cypher) of Mehmet V, the penultimate Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, under the national emblem. Notice how similar this buckle is in design to the Jerry ones. The Germans had both feet in the Turkish Army prior to the Great War, providing technical advice and equipment designs.
The Deutsches Jungvolk was the branch of the HJ dealing with young children. Originally these children wore SA belt buckles, just small ones. Then from 1933 until 1936 they used this buckle, when it was discontinued and the stock HJ belt buckle was used. This example is stamped steel with a bronze sigrune attached.