BERLIN – BELT – OFFICER – REICHSKOLONIAL (SCHUTZTRUPPEN) – DRESS BROCADE AND BUCKLE WITH STORAGE CASE
It is a Schutztruppen officer’s dress brocade belt and buckle which is correct for the uniform and pickelhaube for an officer of the Schutztruppen who had been posted to the Reichskolonialamt. It is in excellent condition, which primarily comes from being housed in their original cardboard storage carton. The circular carton’s exterior is covered with black leatherette, similar to what one sees on a medal presentation case’s exterior. The surface is pebbled. The 8 ½” in diameter case consists of two pieces, a lid and the box.
The lid’s interior sports a sticker and rubber stamp for a firm in Hannover and Cöln named F. Bennigstorf. It was the royal purveyor to Prinz Albrecht of Prussia, who served as the Duchy of Braunschweig’s administrator. The bottom of the carton is lined with its original tissue paper.
The brocade belt sports a circular, silver-toned buckle. A high-relief circular wreath decorates the buckle’s outer edge, encircling an even higher-relief Hohenzollern Crown in its center. A thin red line marks the brocade belt’s center, flanked on either side by alternating lines of silver and gray bullion. Two or three small patches of the belt exhibit greater age and wear. The keeper is present, so the belt is fully functional. The belt’s interior is backed with what appears to be feldgrau cotton twill. This is a key to the belt’s age, indicating that it is later than the turn-of-the-century.
This is a consignment item.