Product Description: This DAF Pole Top is a large, striking and very impressive artifact. It is made of solid brass, with a large DAF swastika and cogwheel emblem. The DAF was the German labor union organization during the Third Reich, and pole tops like this would have been used atop DAF flags at rallies and parades, and perhaps also on the DAF flags displayed in German factories. This DAF flag pole top has incised decoration to both sides, with darkening in the recesses that really sets off the emblem against the bare gold-colored brass. The brass shows a light, even age patina, with a few spots here and there, and retains much of the original luster despite the passing of the decades. The threaded rod that would have fastened this to a flag pole is intact and undamaged. This piece has no damage at all to note, and is in great condition. The DAF emblem is evocative of the classic aesthetic of the Third Reich, and is displayed prominently here to great effect. This DAF flag pole top is a nice, all-original piece.
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 flag pole (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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