Original German WWII NSDAP State Service Wool Flag 26" x 46" - Reichsdienstflagge
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very good condition example of a WWII German NSDAP Reichsdienstflagge (State Service Flag). This medium size example measures 26" x 46", and is constructed of dyed wool. It has an embellished Swas (hook cross) in the center of the field, with the German Reichsadler (National Eagle) in the upper left corner or canton. It has stitch reinforced corners, and white a canvas header with a metal loop on the top and a 25" long rope header on the bottom.
There is a maker tag stitched to the header that reads:
Bonn a. Rh.
Condition is very good, and the flag looks to have seen little to no use during it service life. The colors are still vibrant, and there is minimal age toning. It does however have some moth holes, however they do not detract from the overall look.
A very nice example, ready to add to your collection!
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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