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Gentlemen,

I have owned this buckle for many years and have had various opinions as to what units received this Nickel plated buckle and what the initials stand for on the reverse. Has anyone seen a buckle that looks similiar? Your help is greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Joel

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COOL buckle! Sorry I can't help you with your questions: I just don't know! But this puppy sure has a lot of character!

Looks great! Hopefully someone will be able to help you out!

Cheers!

Rob

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Rob,

Thanks for your reply. It really has been a mystery. I really like the "been there" look.

Regards,

Joel

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Joel,

Beautiful buckle! According to A.C.O. of 27 Feb 1899, this buckle in "white metal" was to be worn by enlisted and NCO ranks below Feldwebel of the Berlin fire brigade. I have two buckles of this type. No idea if other organisations wore this type as well, but we can definitely count the army out. As to the markings, possibly a manufacturer's mark (viz the somewhat stylised central emblem). BTW, I also have a silver-plated Bavarian buckle, does anybody have an idea on that one?

Best regards,

Kurt

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Joel,

Beautiful buckle! According to A.C.O. of 27 Feb 1899, this buckle in "white metal" was to be worn by enlisted and NCO ranks below Feldwebel of the Berlin fire brigade. I have two buckles of this type. No idea if other organisations wore this type as well, but we can definitely count the army out. As to the markings, possibly a manufacturer's mark (viz the somewhat stylised central emblem). BTW, I also have a silver-plated Bavarian buckle, does anybody have an idea on that one?

Best regards,

Kurt

WOW....That is great to know! I was linking this belt to the Army - and I would never have considered it as part of a fire brigade!

Very cool! Thanks for filling us in!

Rob

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Rob, watchout there is a whole other area in which you going to have to fill the voids in your already tremendous collection! :beer:

Regards,

Joel

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You're right there buddy! I still have a long way to go! But half the fun is getting there!

Make sure you look me up when you get ready to part with that buckle! :lol:

Talk to you soon buddy!

Rob

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Hello,

Not my area and I'm taking a guess that it's German. Any info would be much appreciated.

thanks,

barry

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Hi all,

Here is a nice M1895 Hessen Buckle which I have bought recently.

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:cheers:

Stephan

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and the Leibgarde I.R. 115

Hi Chip,

Very nice buckles, especially this one for the Leibgarde JR 115 !

Do you know the name of metal it is made ?

In french, it is "Maillechort" but I don't know the word in english.

:cheers:

Stephan

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Stephan,

I would say in English it would be German silver or nickel silver. In Germany it is referred to as Neusilber or Alpaka. Maillechort, I believe, is an alloy in this family, but it has zink in it.

Chip

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Stephan,

I would say in English it would be German silver or nickel silver. In Germany it is referred to as Neusilber or Alpaka. Maillechort, I believe, is an alloy in this family, but it has zink in it.

Chip

Thanks for your answer !

This alloy (Maillechort) is made of : copper, nickel and zinc.

I know what is "Alpaka", and it seems to be the same thing.

Stephan

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Chris,

No question about the top one. The bottom one looks like a private purchase piece from front, because of coppery color of the body, but the back looks more like that of an issue piece. I'd guess private purchase if I had to guess. Nice buckles, by-the-way!

Chip

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