Product Description: This is an impressive Veterans Organization Pole Top. It probably once topped a standard flown by a group of WWI veterans. This piece is made of solid brass. The central motif is a representation of a 1914 pattern Iron Cross, superimposed on a large Nazi swastika emblem. Above this is the Iron Cross and swastika emblem of the NS-RKB (National-Sozialistische Reichskriegerbund). This emblem dates this flag pole top to 1938 or later. The surface of this one retains lots of original luster, with a light, even age patina. Plenty of nice original paint is still present on the Iron Cross and NS-RKB organizational emblem. The recesses in the lower area with the laurel and oak leaves decoration show traces of what my once have been a silver finish. This piece remains complete, with no breaks or major damage. The short threaded post at the base, that once affixed this to a flag pole, is still intact. This Veterans Organization Pole Top is a rare and visually striking piece of regalia, and is of course all original.
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 flag pole (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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