Product Description: We are pleased to be able to offer this extremely rare and very desirable Infantry Swallowtail with history. This incredible display object is said to have been acquired during WWII by a member of the US Army 34th ID “Red Bull” division, from the III Bataillon of Panzergrenadier-Regiment 104. This unit was part of the 15th Panzer Division, under the command of General Erwin Rommel in Tunisia, North Africa. The Regiment surrendered to the Americans in 1943. This gorgeous, high quality flag is made of silk that has been extensively decorated with exquisite hand embroidery. The workmanship on this flag shows an incredible degree of artistry and craftsmanship, with the highly detailed eagles on both sides showing a three dimensional appearance. The flag shows age and use, with some light patina and soiling in areas, and light toning to the silk. The aluminum bullion and silver flat wire are intact and not dry rotted. The fly end and top and bottom edges are trimmed with the original aluminum fringe. The flag was cut from the pole by the liberating GI soldier, leaving a raw edge on the hoist end. There is no major damage to note. These flags are only rarely offered for sale, and it would be difficult to find a better example of an Infantry Swallowtail. The condition rates as excellent.
Historical Description: The “Standarte” was in important and iconic part of the regalia of German military, political and paramilitary units during the Third Reich. These were displayed at rallies and were used as marching standards by dedicated personnel who led units in marches and parades. German military units had various types of these flags including drum and trumpet banners, and standards for the Regiment and Battalion in both square and “swallow tail” variations. Each Standarte was a unique, hand-made work of art. They were made by highly skilled craftspeople and were held to an exceptional standard of quality. Generally, the background of the Standarte was in the unit’s Waffenfarbe, the specific color that indicated the unit’s branch of service. On this colored background, in intricate and highly detailed hand-made wire embroidery, would be heavily ornamented versions of German national emblems. The Standarte was further adorned with streamers that were specific to each organization. Few were manufactured, and fewer survive today; they are exceptionally sought-after relics of Third Reich pageantry.
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