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Title Oldenburg or Baden officer's dress belt and buckle
Nationality German
Period c 1900
Price £200.00

This 'feldbindung' or officer's dress belt was introduced in 1896 to replace the schaerpen (a sort of bullion cummerbund with large tassels) throughout the German army. Baden and Oldenburg shared both the design of the buckle (with the Imperial crown replacing the royal one) and the braid of the belt (with its characteristic thin red stripe).

In the field, these buckles were worn on a black or brown leather belt.

The braid has suffered marginally over the years. The gilding on the buckle is still in good shape, with a little wear to the highlights. However, the lining of the belt has suffered considerable moth damage over the years. The moth eggs and detritus have all been carefully removed, so there is no danger of contagion to other cloth.

Both this and an officer's schaerpen (also on my site) belonged to the same family (Ringe) and included with this belt is an original receipt from J Godet & Sohn, Berlin, for military uniform items, dated 23 June 1917 (addressed to Frau Major Ringe).

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Belt Buckles : German : 19th century]


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M G, Germany, 22.06.2009

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