24″ Railway Eagle


Condition: Excellent+


In stock

Product Description: This 24″ Railway Eagle is an extremely attractive and entirely undamaged example of this scarce and desirable bird. The attachment bolts on the reverse have never been threaded, indicating this piece likely was never actually used. The front is gorgeous, and uncleaned, with an all-original look. All of the detail is present, with a slight patina to the bare aluminum surface from age. There are no marks that detract from the look in any way, just typical age. The reverse of this eagle is also uncleaned, with all four of the unfinished original lugs still intact. The back of one wing is nicely marked, with a stylized “PS” maker marking, “LOK 600” indicating a train eagle in the 600 mm size, and the material composition “GAL Ma-Si.” These eagles have become harder and harder to obtain in recent years. This 24″ Railway Eagle is beautiful and could be a collection display centerpiece. The condition rates as excellent plus.




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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