This buckle and brocade, according to a regulation dated December 15, 1939, was to be worn by pay groups B3a to B9. The belt has an aluminum wire facing with two dark blue, 5mm (.2”) wide dark blue horizontal stripes with gold bordering stripes. The 1 5/8” wide belt has minor fraying to the outer edges, and the dark blue felt reverse has one large moth bite (1” long by ¼” wide) and three much smaller ones as well. It is in a HUGE size (this was one hearty diplomat!), measuring a full 51” in length (up to approximately a size 46 waist!). The unmarked matte aluminum buckle has the National emblem surrounded by laurel leaves, these are in gold with a silver pebbled background and outer edge. The gold wash is approximately 75% intact, with the most of the highlights down to the original silver finish. It retains its original keeper, the leather tab with eyelets that the keeper would have attached to is MISSING. A scarce and desirable set!
- Item #: B-211