Product Description: This impressive German Reichsadler Plaque is a fantastic display item. This was likely produced as an award or presentation piece. The front of this eye-catching plaque features a bold German national eagle and swastika emblem with a stunning three dimensional appearance. The eagle measures about 7 by 5 inches and is made of silvered zinc with crisp detail. The original protective lacquer is intact and has preserved all of the beautiful original finish. This eagle is mounted to an original black stained wood wall plaque that measures 12 by 9 inches. Two threaded posts on the back of the eagle pass through the wood plaque and are firmly affixed with fasteners visible on the back side. It appears that there was a third threaded post below the other two, that has been lost to time. This impressive German Reichsadler Plaque has outstanding visual appeal and could be a display centerpiece. The condition rates as excellent plus.
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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