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Third Reich Buckle. Some help?

Article about: Hey guys, I've just been offered a Buckle with a design I can't seem to find in any of my reference books, or here on the forum. I may have just passed over it, but hopefully someone can ide

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    Default Third Reich Buckle. Some help?

    Hey guys,

    I've just been offered a Buckle with a design I can't seem to find in any of my reference books, or here on the forum. I may have just passed over it, but hopefully someone can identify it.

    It's the Eagle with Swastika, then two crossed shovels underneath. Condition is quite tarnished, but detail is ok. Also has makers stamp on the back.

    At first I thought it was a RAD type, but now I'm not so sure.

    Guy wants 30 GBP for it (around $25).

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    Default Re: Third Reich Buckle. Some help?

    Sounds like an Organisation Todt buckle.

    Regards,

    Carl

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    If the shovels are behind the eagle it is very likely an Org Todt buckle. 30 pounds is closer to $45.00 and a steal if it is original. Even a fake at that price is not bad. Original OT buckles bring $700-1000.

    Bill

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    Carl sounds correct, but at 30GBP I reckon it would probably be a fake. Best to post some photos so we can give a better answer.
    Tom

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    Ok. Thanks guys. I took the gamble and paid the 30. I'd grabbed some nice British Army cap badges for a good price earlier and felt that, even if the Organisation Todt was a fake, I wouldn't be breaking the bank. The guy was just a stall holder at a mini-market and he didn't seem to know about half of what he'd got, so I don't think he was maliciously trying to rip me off.

    Back at home and it does seem like a repro. Checking similar ones on the forum, it has a makers mark but it happens to be the same as many other fakes (M4/24). The RZM is complete with both inner and outer circle, but it's raised not stamped (are some raised? I'm not sure I'm only a beginner with these things!). The post and prongs seem moulded too. Also there's no reverse hollow image.

    I think it'll be worth holding onto as a comparison piece anyway.
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    Buckle is a Czech fake, you will see lots of these around, same rear but front SS, Heer, etc
    Ben

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    i agree with Ben sorry mate its a clunker , rgds Dave

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    Hello,

    here some pics of one from my rare originals :

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    Regards ,
    Markus


    I'm searching for
    Buckles 3.Reich

    special SA/NSKK/NSFK with maker marks


    Link to my collection : http://www.warrelics.eu/forum/album.php?albumid=1175



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    Cheers Markus. Nice buckle, and I can certainly see the stark differences between that and my repro. Like I said, thankfully my purchase didn't break the bank and I wasn't parting with hundreds of /$$ as some people unfortunately have.

    Ben's comment about it being a Czech fake are useful too, and I'll be able to look out for these same ones in the future.

    Buckles seem to be an absolute minefield regarding rip-offs, in the same way as medals and awards. Perhaps worse in fact because buckles didn't need to be accompanied by paperwork or presentation details.

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    Nice example Yellow12, thanks for sharing it with us so we can all compare it to the replica item above.

    Regards,

    Carl

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