Product Description: This 24″ Railway Eagle is a large and extremely impressive object, that could be the centerpiece of an advanced collection display. These railway eagles are extremely desirable and have been getting much harder to find. This one is in beautiful, original condition, and rates as excellent. The stunning obverse retains full original detail, with smooth, clean surfaces and a very light, even age patina. It is made of aluminum, and never had any paint or other finish. On the reverse, the studs are not threaded, suggesting this may never have been actually mounted to a rail car. The studs on the wings and behind the swastika are complete and intact, and the stud behind the body of the eagle has been cut down, possibly to make it easier for the veteran who brought this back as a souvenir to display it. A thin piece of copper wire has been strung between the wing studs, to enable this to be hung on a wall. This 24″ Railway Eagle is well marked, with a stylized “PS” foundry emblem, “LOK” indicating a railway eagle, the size “600” (600 mm, about 24 inches), and the material composition “GAL-Mg-Si.” It’s also maker marked behind the eagle with “LOK RZA5, Berlin.” This bird has tremendous visual impact.
Historical Description: During the Third Reich, all rail transport was nationalized and organized under the German Reichsbahn. Reichsbahn rail cars were state property and included everything from the locomotives used for transporting freight, to passenger cars, street cars and trolleys. In the Nazi era, and during WWII, the Reichsbahn adorned their locomotives and passenger rail cars with large metal decorative German eagle and swastika national emblems. These were made in various sizes and had a variety of finishes to suit different purposes and vehicle types. Generally, these eagles were manufactured from aluminum or zinc alloy, with integral threaded studs on the reverse that were used to affix these to the fronts of rail cars. These eagles had a striking and imposing appearance and were an iconic part of Nazi regalia. After the war, Allied denazification policies required these to be removed. Many were destroyed, though these were eagerly sought after by Allied troops hunting for souvenirs. They are extremely collectible and desirable artifacts today
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