Product Description: This DAF Wall Plaque is an impressive display object. It features the organizational emblem of the Deutsche Arbeitsfront, the German national labor union during the Third Reich. It is made of aluminum, and measures about eight inches in diameter. This plaque is in the form of a boldly rendered mobile swastika, surrounded by a toothed wheel. The swastika has a heavy outline, within which are a series of grooves. These grooves retain virtually all of the original black enamel painted finish, giving the swastika an eye-catching look. The rest of the plaque is bare aluminum, with smooth surfaces. It shows only a very nice, light patina throughout, with no significant marks or damage to note. The reverse of this DAF Wall Plaque is unmarked, as is typical for these, and has an uncleaned patina. This handsome plaque is a great representative example of an emblem that decorated many German factories during the war years. The condition of this one is excellent.
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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