Original German WWII Very Large NSDAP State Service Wool Flag 88" x 152" - Reichsdienstflagge
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very large service worn example of a WWII German NSDAP Reichsdienstflagge (State Service Flag). The flag is constructed from wool fabric with a canvas header, and measures a very large 88" by 152", or 7.3ft by 14 2/3ft. This is definitely the largest example of a State Service Flag that we have ever handled. 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 the header does have a halyard inside it, but it was cut off at both ends.
The flag heard bears ink stamped markings on one side of Feste Std to the right of a Waffenamt inspection stamp. We would assume that this flag was used as a "Festival Standard" at one of the many NSDAP sponsored festivals during the Third Reich period. There is also a small label that reads WESTDEUTSCHE FAHNEN-FABRIK BONN, which basically translates to "West German Flag Factory in Bonn", which is located south of Cologne, Germany.
The condition is good, however there are definitely tears in the woolen fabric, most likely from wear. The fabric has become brittle in areas, and there are some holes as well. Due to the large size of this flag, it is difficult to show these in detail.
A great service used very large 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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