Original German WWII NSDAP State Service Flag 68" Wide Cutout Central Insignia - Reichsdienstflagge

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice cutout central swas (hook cross) insignia from a WWII German NSDAP Reichsdienstflagge (State Service Flag). It must have been quite the large flag, as the insignia cutout along measures 68" in diameter, constructed of what looks to be dyed cotton. It has a central seam, as the original flag was made from two pieces of fabric, and the entire circumference has a hemmed border.

Condition is very good, and it looks like the flag this was cut out from had seen little to no use during it service life. The colors are still vibrant, and there is minimal age toning.

A very nice example, ready to add to your collection!

Please note: it was too large for us to take a picture of the entire section, so it is shown folded in half. It is definitely a complete circle.

More on the State Service Flag:

With a deep understanding of pageantry and symbolism, and its propaganda and psychological effectiveness, the NSDAP went to great lengths to reinforce their political party to the general populace of Germany, with repetitive slogans and the omnipresent use of the swas. Swass adorned flags, banners and pennants and were utilized at every possible opportunity. Originally the State Service Flag was introduced in the Weimar era in 1921 and consisted of three horizontal bars in black, white and red with smaller horizontal bars of black, red and yellow inset in the canton with a black national eagle positioned slightly off-center.

On March 13TH 1933 the first Third Reich era State Service Flag was introduced and was designated, Dienstflagge der Reichsbehörden zur See (Service Flag of the National Authorities at Sea), but the original designation was altered to Reichsdienstflagge, (State Service Flag) on June 6TH 1933. The 1933 pattern flag followed the basic design of its predecessor with three horizontal bars in black, white and red with a black national eagle positioned in the center.

On October 31ST 1935 a second pattern State Service Flag was introduced and was first flown on November 7TH 1935. Regulations dictated that the State Service Flag was to be utilized by all public administrative government authorities and was to be flown on their buildings, on inland waterways and the high seas vessels and service vehicles as required. The regulations also extended use of the State Service Flag to the authorities of the Reichsbahn, (National Railways), the Reich autobahn, (National Highways), and the Reichsbank, (National Bank).

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