FLAGPOLE TOPPER FOR REGIMENT der GARDE du CORPS VETERANS’ GROUP
This is a consignment item. Veterans’ groups played a large part in the lives of veterans after they had completed their military service. Sometimes these groups were organized on a regional or citywide basis to include ALL veterans regardless of the regiment in which they had originally served. It comes as no surprise, then, that the most well known and elite veterans’ organization was that for the Regiment der Gardes du Corps.
Veteran groups had flags produced to represent their regiments/groups. At the meetings, the banner for their regiment/organization was proudly displayed. The banner was attached to a flagpole that usually had a topper attached it. The flag/banner along with the personalized topper (often an Iron Cross was part it) completed the presentation. It was featured at the front of the room, or displayed at the head of the group when they were on parade.
As the Regiment der Gardes du Corps was the Imperial German Army’s most elite regiment, it was only fitting that the topper for THEIR banner was the emblematic crowned Hohenzollern Eagle with outspread wings. When mounted on a gleaming golden helmet, these Eagles made for a very impressive sight.
Our offering is that same Hohenzollern Eagle, but attached to a ball. It weighs 3 lbs., 9 oz. and is 10 ½” tall. The ball’s bottom has a pipe extending down that allowed it to be slipped into a flagpole. The Eagle looks fairly close in size to the Eagles used on their helmets, however, its detailing is NOT as crisp as those Eagles. So, PLEASE do NOT try to use it on a helmet! The results will be totally UN-satisfactory.
Do remember that this almost a one-of-a-kind item that would make an important and very useful addition to any collection.