Product Description: This Reichsnährstand (RNST) Flag Pole Top is a very rare item. It was intended for use on a flag pole of the Reichsnährstand, a Nazi organization that regulated food production. It’s an impressive 14 inches tall. It’s made of a heavy brass alloy, and features an imposing large Nazi swastika, that has been nickel plated. A gold-finished sword and wheat ear are affixed to both sides of the swastika emblem. At the bottom, there is a socket to affix the flag pole. This Reichsnährstand (RNST) Flag Pole Top appears to have been used. On one side, there is rubbing that has exposed the base metal in some areas, though plenty of original finish remains. The other side has light wear to the high points of the sword and wheat, and to the pole socket. This is a very seldom encountered flag pole top. It remains in excellent condition.
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 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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