Product Description: This NSBO Pole Topper was once used on a unit flag of the Nationalsozialistische Betriebszellenorganization (National Socialist Factory Cell Organization), a Nazi workers organization that existed from 1931 to 1935. This is a nice piece, typical early quality, in excellent condition. It takes the form of a column surmounted by a fist holding a swastika-emblazoned hammer, and part of a toothed wheel bearing the “N.S.B.O.” organizational designation. The metal has a matte gray appearance, with the hammer and N.S.B.O. lettering retaining nearly all of their original black paint. A plated metal clip is affixed to the lower edge of this NSBO Pole Topper, for helping to affix the flag; this is complete with its original hardware. The inside of the pole sleeve also retains an original metal collar. This is a very solid piece, with great detail. It shows no real wear, only some very minor marks and an even age patina. A great example of the NSBO Pole Topper.
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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