Product Description: This RLB Luftschutz Hauswart Door Sign is an attractive and scarce item, that displays great. It’s made of light, stamped sheet metal, and measures approximately 80mm x 120mm. The design of this plaque features the first pattern, circa 1930s, R.L.B, (Reichsluftschutzbund) logo of RLB letters and swastika, in blue painted enamel, superimposed on a stylized starburst background. The lettering, “L-S,” and “Hauswart,” (Luftschutz House Warden), are embossed below the logo design. These plaques were designed to be affixed to a door, advising tenants where the “House Air Raid Warden” resided. This RLB Luftschutz Hauswart Door Sign does have some minor smaller dents, and couple of areas of surface corrosion, but it remains complete and sound, with all of the original blue painted enamel. It appears to be to be uncleaned, and is in excellent condition, as found.
Historical Description: Military, political, civil and paramilitary organizations during the Third Reich created a wide variety of non-portable awards, mostly in the form of award plaques and table medals, but also including decorative plates, various kinds of trophies, and usable gift items. These awards were generally presented in cases where a medal or award to be worn on the uniform would not be appropriate. Non-portable awards were given to winners of various types of sport contests, as well as to recognize distinguished service to military or civilian organizations, and even private companies. The table medals were typically originally awarded inside special custom fitted cases, similar to those used for some military awards. They could be made of metal, or in some cases porcelain, and were generally finely struck, and of high quality. The wall plaques were typically made of metal, often mounted to a wood base. They could feature Hitler, organizational emblems, or other military or patriotic themed decoration. There was a vast range of non-portable awards made and used during the Third Reich. Some were unique, custom works of art. There were also factories that issued catalogs filled with all kinds of different mass-produced items. After the war, most of these items that bore images of the swastika or Hitler were destroyed to comply with Allied denazification policy.
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