Maker: W & C
Product Description: This is an extremely impressive, rare and very desirable Third Reich trolley eagle. It measures 16 inches from wing tip to wing tip, and is made of aluminum. It has crisp detail, and is very clean, with only extremely minor age toning. The front of this gorgeous eagle retains its original smooth green paint finish. The green paint inside the wreath in the area behind the swastika has been scratched away, to make the swastika stand out. The reverse of this Third Reich trolley eagle is nicely marked “W&C.” Some remnants of the red paint used on the bus or trolley to which this was affixed, are present over the factory-applied green paint on the reverse edges. This eagle was neatly removed from the trolley by cutting the steel studs on the upper wing mounts on the reverse. This Third Reich trolley eagle is a very hard to find and extremely striking train eagle variant, loaded with eye appeal, and would make a fantastic centerpiece for a collection display.
Historical Description: During the Third Reich, all rail transport was nationalized and organized under the German Reichsbahn. Reichsbahn rail cars were state property, and included everything from the locomotives used for transporting freight, to passenger cars, street cars and trolleys. In the Nazi era, and during WWII, the Reichsbahn adorned their locomotives and passenger rail cars with large metal decorative German eagle and swastika national emblems. These were made in various sizes, and had a variety of finishes to suit different purposes and vehicle types. Generally, these eagles were manufactured from aluminum or zinc alloy, with integral threaded studs on the reverse that were used to affix these to the fronts of rail cars. These eagles had a striking and imposing appearance and were an iconic part of Nazi regalia. After the war, Allied denazification policies required these to be removed. Many were destroyed, though these were eagerly sought after by Allied troops hunting for souvenirs. They are extremely collectible and desirable artifacts today.
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