Its a strange buckle to be honest. The DAF was quite regulatory I believe so if this was a genuine buckle I would say it would have to a pre 1935 made buckle. It looks like a cap badge or pin that has been soldered onto a box. If it is original I have never seen one before. Maybe David, Kirby or Markus may have seen one. So for me I dont like it (unless its one I have never seen)
I think it could stand a chance. it looks like an early style or a privately made custom design buckle , possibly .
From the front it looks like a Stahlhelm buckle but without the helmet. Is it a normal size buckle? The prongs look a little wider than normal.
Thanks for the thoughts, guys! As I said, I'm not interested in the buckle for purchase, but it is exceptionally interesting for study. Here's the link for anyone interested:
DAF ENLISTED BUCKLE, EARLY for Sale
I don't know the size, Kirby, unfortunately. The prongs do look very wide! Interesting.
$425. I would need to be a 100% sure it was real before I would pay that. As a general rule I avoid one hole and three hole TR buckles.
An interesting buckle, however not one that I am madly comfortable with.
In theory, the DAF was heavily regulated by the RZM and I think from memory that the first DAF-Werkschar buckles appeared in late 1935 or early 1936.
The buckle shown is and in my opinion, a pure fantasy item. The well known and so called "St. und L" roundel (by the wreath design), complete with a completely non in simpatico DAF members lapel badge.
How is the roundel attached to the box by the way?
St. und L did attach emblems by a split pin, however and again in my opinion, not at all like this.
I have a buckle marked by the company and which has a split pin attaching the emblem. Let me know if anyone would like to see some images.
I likey... Please David show !!
Here we go Gwar !
Thanks for the reply David, I am of the same opinion that the first DAF appeared 35/36