I completely neglected mention of the lack of "ears." The examples of this buckle that I have seen have always had this coupling of cast prongs with an earless box. Such an oddball combination but a desirable piece for the HJ collector.
If I saw the buckle at a show I would pass on it as a copy. I am sure we have all made mistakes on buckles good and bad.
So whats the verdict?
Or David North, whoever reads it first really
In my opinion, an original and period HJ buckle and despite some of the quite eccentric features. I have seen these types of claws on other makers injection moulded zink HJ buckles, although the earless box appears to be the sole prerogative of those marked RZM M/24.
Very interesting buckle. Thanks for the education on these.
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Cheers David, a first for me