Condition: Very Good
Base Material: Brass
Product Description: This Stamped Adolf Hitler Plaque is an appealing original piece. It’s made of thin sheet brass, stamped into a bust of German leader Hitler, in profile. Hitler is shown in civilian clothes, with a German national eagle and swastika emblem on his lapel; the lower edge of the bust features a facsimile of Hitler’s signature. The front of this plaque features an applied bronze finish, which is nearly completely intact, with only extremely slight age toning and some scattered small marks. It’s a nicely detailed sculpt, and there is no appreciable wear to the design. The reverse of this stamped Adolf Hitler plaque is unfinished raw brass, which has taken on a beautiful, dark age patina with some small spots of verdigris. There were two studs on the reverse for mounting this to a wooden plaque; these have been broken off. This plaque is a nice size for display, measuring about 6 inches wide by 4 inches high. The condition of this attractive plaque rates as very good.
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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