BACKGROUND: With the dissolution of all Free Trade Unions in Germany in May 1933 the Deutsche Arbeitsfront, (German Labor Front), was established to replace the unions and to educate the workers in industry and commerce for smooth and efficient operation of all labor in the Third Reich. In October 1934 the DAF was given official status as a sub-section of the NSDAP and in March 1936 it was recognized as an independent NSDAP affiliated association and granted control of its own monetary budget. Regulations for DAF flags were addressed in June 1934 and dictated that any DAF unit with more then two hundred personnel were authorized the use of a DAF flag. Originally the DAF flags featured the cogged wheel emblem on a white circular field, but this was altered in 1935 to show the DAF emblem with a narrow white outer border. In 1937 the DAF flag was altered again by the addition of a silver fringe to all but the hoist edge.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A 118cm x 132cm, double-sided, multi-piece cotton construction factory unit flag, trimmed to all but the hoist edge in twisted silver/aluminum wire fringe. The flag features a red base field upon which is sewn a white bordered, black DAF fourteen cog wheel encompassing a white circular field with a black mobile swastika sewn to its center. The top right hoist corner (canton) has sewn to it a light brown wool patch with a white chain stitched unit location and factory numeral in Gothic script; "Zeche Königsborn" (Mine Königsborn) I/II Heeren-Werve". This patch is trimmed in a light blue rayon, signifying an Ortsgruppe level unit. Seven alloy loops are still present, with the first loop being RZM M1/83 (Willy Annetsberger, München) marked. There are numerous holes and tear, as well as staining to the flag.

GRADE *** 3/4                             PRICE $450.00

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