Product Description: This NSBO Pole Topper is a beautiful and impressive piece. This pattern of flag pole topper was used by the Nationalsozialistische Betriebszellenorganisation (National Socialist Factory Cell Organization), an early Nazi workers’ association that went on the be absorbed by the DAF in 1935. This high quality early production flag pole topper is substantial, and made of silvered brass. Most of the original finish remains intact, with some brass peeking through in some small areas. The surface shows some wear and age, with light dings and an uncleaned patina. Most of the original black paint in the “N.S.B.O.” lettering remains intact. The hammer at the top of this pole topper is emblazoned with a large, early static style swastika. The hammer originally was finished on both sides with black paint, which has mostly flaked off. There is no maker mark. This is a nice example of a scarce and desirable NSBO Pole Topper. The condition rates as excellent.
Historical Description: Virtually all 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 flagpole (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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