Condition: Very Good
Product Description: This Duisburger Door Plaque is an interesting item. It’s an enameled steel plaque. The front of the plaque bears two crossed keys, and the wording “Duisburger Wach- u. Schliess Gesellschaft.” It seems this plaque would have been displayed on the door of someone in Duisburg who was a part of a security or alarm service, as a deterrent to thieves. The front of this plaque is finished in white enamel, with the emblem and wording in black. It obviously has been used, and has been exposed to weather, with some fading and wear as well as some edge chipping. The front of this plaque shows patina throughout. Two holes at the sides were apparently used to fasten this to a wall or doorway. The reverse of this Duisburger Door Plaque shows some oxidation and rust as well as traces of enameling. This scarce plaque makes an appealing display object, and remains in very good condition.
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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