BACKGROUND: The Reichsnährstand, (National Food Producers), organization was instituted on September 13TH 1933, by Richard-Walther Darré, in his position as, Reichsminister für Ernährung und Landwirtscahft, (National Agricultural Leader and Minister of Food). The organization was responsible for all aspects of food production and distribution in the Third Reich, and worked closely with other organizations including the HJ Landjahr and Landdienst. Darrés, "Blood & Soil" ideas were a successful propaganda tool used to foster pride and increase agricultural production. A photographic example of this type of finial can be seen in J.R. Angolia & David Littlejohn’s book, Labor Organizations of the Third Reich, page 51. Of Note: Part of the Reichsnährstand’s mandate was the medieval concept of farm land being hereditary and only persons of pure Aryan backgrounds should be allowed to own such land. Coincidentally from January 1932 to February 1938 Darré, with the honorary rank of SS-Obergruppenführer was also head of the Rasse und Siedlungshauptamt (Central Office for Race and Resettlement), which was the definitive authority on racial purity.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Drop forged, alloy finial with a nickel/silver plating and gold washed finishes. Finial is in the form of a nickel/silver plated canted swastika with a gold sheaf of wheat and a roman style broadsword superimposed on a diagonal angle to the arms of the swastika. The swastika is roughly 10cm x 10cm.   (Ex Philippe Gillain Collection)

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