Product Description: This NSDAP Pennant on pole top is a really interesting object, with a military connection. This is an all-original piece in completely untouched condition. This was taken as a war souvenir and brought home by US Lt. Colonel Ridgely Bond, and was purchased by us directly from the Colonel’s granddaughter, in Maryland. This pennant has an attractive, long shape. It’s made of red fabric that retains bright original color, and is double sided, with a woven roundel on each side with a black Nazi swastika emblem. The edges of the pennant are finished with white machine stitching. This impressive pennant is affixed to a standard issue 1903 pattern armed forces issue tent pole section, which was used in this instance as a flag pole. The steel ferrules at either end of this Zeltbahn pole section are perfect, with no rust, and the wood shows only normal age toning. The pennant has been affixed to the pole with 4 German military boot hobnails. The hobnails are also free of rust, and pristine. This NSDAP Pennant on pole top is a unique display piece, with high visual appeal. it’s in extraordinary, near mint condition.
Historical Description: During the Third Reich and WWII, a wide variety of flags and pennants were used on German cars and vehicles. In the military, vehicle flags and pennants were used to indicate branch or rank, or specific command roles. The various civilian organizations also had vehicle flags and pennants for members of their organization or to denote the vehicles of officers, leaders, or people in specific roles. Even political leaders had their own flags, which were often rank specific. Some of the flags, especially military ones, were simply printed, and some were machine woven or stitched, while the flags for political leaders and the highest-ranking military personnel were more decorative and often elaborately hand embroidered in bullion wire. Some vehicle flags were mass produced, including simple national flag type swastika emblem pennants that could have been bought by any patriotic supporter. Others were unique. These flags were attractive souvenirs for GI troops at the end of the war and are eagerly collected today.
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