Maker: Otto Gahr
Base Material: Brass
Product Description: This NSKOV Pole Topper is a beautiful, impressive piece. It’s a substantial and high quality pole topper that is made of solid brass. The surface shows some wear to high points as well as some areas where the silvering has flaked away, but still retains most of the original finish. The central Maltese cross and national swastika roundel still has most of the factory applied red and black paint on both sides, which contrasts nicely with the intact silver finish. The pole socket is complete and intact, with two original holes for fasteners. This scarce NSKOV Pole Topper is maker marked by the firm of Otto Gahr in Munich, a workshop that was the sole maker of the SS Honor Ring. This is a great display object with very strong visual appeal. 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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