Product Description: This 1934 SS Motorsport Award Plaque is a very early, very scarce SS sports award from a motorized unit meeting at Bad Reichenhall. It measures approximately 4-3/4 inches tall, by 4 inches wide, and features a zinc alloy plaque mounted to a wood base. The upper part of the metal plaque bears wording that tranxlates to “Motorsport Meeting of SS-Motorstafel III/I in Bad Reichenhall.” Below this, a rising sun with swastika is depicted shining down on the large cross monument to Nazi martyr Albert-Leo Schlageter. The bottom of the metal plaque bears the year 1934. The metal plaque is screwed to a base made of wood with an oil finish. The reverse of this base has a recess that would allow it to be hung on a wall. The metal plaque and wood base both show an attractive, even, old patina, with some buildup to the recesses, and age toning. The wood base shows some typical minor marks, but there is no real damage. This 1934 SS Motorsport Award Plaque remains in very fine condition overall.
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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