Great post Ben. I'm brand new to the forum, having just found some WWII vet bringbacks in my dad's attic. One of the objects is a really nice condition belt buckle- its what I understand is the regular soldier buckle, green , with the eagle with claws on a swastika. The outside of the circle is flat. By your post, I recognize the makers mark of an intertwined G and C which I understand is Gustav Brehmer. I could not find a date. It is the buckle only. Can you give me any idea of the value of this buckle to a collector? I don't know how to put up a picture, but from pictures of other buckles I would say its at least in very good conditon if not better. The eagle and leaves are very distinct. Thanks.
Hello and welcome to the forum post the pics to me and I will start a thread for you firstname.lastname@example.org
Ben, thanks for the kind offer. I will attempt to take some good pics of the buckle and forward it to you.
Really interesting forum.
Great thread, it makes spotting fakes so much easier. Any more makers coming soon?
Hi guys, just to continue this thread here are three very similar makers, two of which I believed become one company at some point.
Schmole & Comp, Menden
J C Maedicke, Berlin
C W Motz, Brandenburg
Please note these are steel versions only, but I have only ever seen aluminium buckles by Schmole & Comp and at the moment never by Motz or Maedicke.
With these buckle the eagles head is very characteristic and there are no fakes out there as yet that has any features like any three of these buckles. When I look at them to me the eagles beak is elongated and droopy and the rear of the head seems to have a crest on it, to me once studied these buckles are quite easy to recognise, the first buckle pictured is Schmole & Comp these can come maker marked with what looks like a Xmas tree with a S & C with it and the year of manufacture.
Now for J C Maedicke and C W Motz, look at the ears at the rear, I dont know who supplied who but it is my opinion that these worked together or one got buckles from the other and attached there own tab but looking at the buckles and location to each other it is quite odd that the buckle are so similar (if not the same) We start with J C Maedicke, Berlin
Now C W Motz
All three together