Base Material: Bakelite
Product Description: This 1940 Veteran’s Pole Top is a scarce original piece. It’s made of Bakelite, an early plastic material that is fragile. This one has a large chip on one side of the bottom, with a piece missing. It still displays great, and we have priced this with the damage in mind; this piece has a lot of visual impact in relation to the price. It’s fairly large, 9-1/2 inches tall and 5 inches wide. It is in the form of a large blade, with a wreath around the crossguard area. One side of the grossguard has an impressive and detailed 1939 Iron Cross emblem, along with the date “1940.” The other side of the crossguard has a large and bold-looking static Nazi swastika, surrounded by the wording “Symbol Wird Waffe” (Symbol Becomes Weapon). Most of the original golden finish is still present, with some wear to high points adding contrast. Overall, this 1940 Veteran’s Pole Top remains in good condition.
Historical Description: Virtually all of the myriad military, civil, political and paramilitary uniformed organizations in existence during the Third Reich had their own flags and standards as part of their organizational regalia. The flags were carried in parades and rallies. In addition to the special flags, most organizations had special pole tops specific to that group, to further distinguish their unique standards. The pole tops often bore either National eagles, organizational emblems, or typical Third Reich patriotic motifs. The emblem would be atop a sleeve into which the flagpole (generally a wood pole with a black finish) would fit. These were designed to be visually impressive pieces of regalia and are often very eye-catching. Most Third Reich pole tops did not survive the war or its aftermath.
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