Product Description: This signed, early 1932 Hitler Wall Plaque is an imposing and impressive piece of art, dating from just before Hitler’s ascension to national dominance, created by a well-known artist. The center of this round metal plaque features a finely sculpted profile of a very confident-looking Adolf Hitler. The detail on this is excellent, and it is signed on the front by the artist, Carl Seffner. Best known for his statue of Bach at the Johanniskirche in Leipzig, Seffner sculpted this Hitler plaque in the last year of his life. The left side of the plaque bears the Kampfzeit-era Nazi slogan, “Kapitulieren – Niemals!” (Surrender – Never!) The right side is emblazoned with the name “Adolf Hitler.” Below Hitler’s profile is the Nazi swastika emblem and the date, 1932. The front of this 1932 Hitler Wall Plaque has an even age patina, with a few spots here and there. The reverse likely never had any finish originally and there is patination buildup on the bare metal. There is an intact, integral cast fitting on the reverse, for hanging. This 1932 Hitler Wall Plaque is a very desirable early piece with a lot of eye appeal.
Historical Description: Military, political, civil and paramilitary organizations during the Third Reich created a wide variety of non-portable awards, mostly in the form of award plaques and table medals, but also including decorative plates, various kinds of trophies, and usable gift items. These awards were generally presented in cases where a medal or award to be worn on the uniform would not be appropriate. Non-portable awards were given to winners of various types of sport contests, as well as to recognize distinguished service to military or civilian organizations, and even private companies. The table medals were typically originally awarded inside special custom fitted cases, similar to those used for some military awards. They could be made of metal, or in some cases porcelain, and were generally finely struck, and of high quality. The wall plaques were typically made of metal, often mounted to a wood base. They could feature Hitler, organizational emblems, or other military or patriotic themed decoration. There was a vast range of non-portable awards made and used during the Third Reich. Some were unique, custom works of art. There were also factories that issued catalogs filled with all kinds of different mass-produced items. After the war, most of these items that bore images of the swastika or Hitler were destroyed to comply with Allied denazification policy.
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