Product Description: This NSDAP Pole Topper Desk Ornament is an impressive display object, with outstanding visual appeal. It’s an early production pole topper, made of nickel plated brass, affixed to a wooden base. The topper is well-preserved, but shows some age and use, with light patina to the original surface throughout. There are some areas of scattered freckling. The central swastika retains approximately 40% of its original black paint on both sides, and may have suffered this paint loss from previous cleaning. This eye-catching NSDAP pole topper is threaded into a wooden base, which appears to be the foot of a bed frame or couch. The topper is lacquered, with light wear throughout. Even though the wood is not original to the topper, it displays the pole topper nicely; this was perhaps assembled by the veteran who brought it home or by an earlier collector. This handsome piece remains in very good condition overall.
Historical Description: Adolf Hitler was an army veteran in 1919. Frustrated by Germany’s defeat in World War I, he joined a new political organization called the German Workers’ Party. The organization was founded earlier that same year and promoted German nationalism. Members of this organization felt that the Treaty of Versailles was extremely unjust to Germany, by burdening it with reparations it could never pay. Hitler became the leader of this party in 1921 and changed the name to The National Socialist German Workers’ Party; Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (NSDAP). In 1933, Hitler became chancellor of Germany and his Nazi government soon assumed dictatorial powers. After Germany’s defeat in World War II the Nazi party was outlawed.
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