Product Description: This early swastika pole top is nice, heavy, and solid. It could have been used for an early unit standard for parades or rallies, or may have been something to top a Nazi supporter’s national flag. It is made of two pieces of solid brass. There is a massive and heavy sleeve for a pole, to which has been fastened a mobile swastika with a striking look. This piece shows obvious traces of wear and use. The high points of the pole sleeve show a lot of wear, and what may have been an applied gold finish has worn through, revealing the coppery color of the base alloy. The entire piece has a pleasant, rich age patina. It’s pre-RZM era, from the early 1930s or perhaps even the 1920s. This early swastika pole top displays great, and is in excellent condition.
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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