POLETOPS #45588C Army Regimental Pole Top Finial for Standarte
This original pole top is extremely rare and was used to decorate the flag pole top used to carry an Army Regimental Standarte. The pole top is produced of very fine quality aluminum and features in the center, a "floating" Wehrmacht eagle. The bird is the style with mostly closed wings clutching a mobile swastika in it talons. The bird's head looks to the viewer's left. The detail to the breast, wing and talons feathers is outstanding and crisp. The upper portion of the finial is attached to a cone shaped hollow pole acceptance vessel with extended, decorative ring around the upper area and rim at the bottom of the vessel. Stamped into the bottom on the lower ring is the maker name, "BELOGIESSERE/ KRAAS/ BERLIN S42". The acceptance bar for the pole is drilled for insert of a securing screw, once the finial is mounted.
If you are a pole top collector, you know that these Regimental tops are rarely offered. This example is in near full mint condition. It is the same as is shown in period photos in the Brian Leigh Davis Flag book on Pages 74 and 75, as well as shown in color drawings on Page 87-91. One drawing also shows this same type of finial used to decorate the mounted Standarte of Hitler! A great item here for the right collector.