Here we have a Waffen-SS Flak Division Stamped, medium sized NSDAP Flag by Flaggenfabrik Arfelstedt & Hornung of Hamburg + Altona (Nationalflagge/Parteiflagge 1933-45). It is constructed out of a red cotton base with two separately stitched on white cotton roundels that have printed black swastikas on them. The rectangular shaped obverse features a centrally placed black mobile swastika surrounded by a white roundel and red base. The reverse is the same as the obverse. The fly end has been folded over and stitched together. It also has 45 degree angle re-enforcing stitching to the fly end corners. The bottom edge has been folded over and stitched together. The hoist end has been folded over a white mounting string that is looped on both ends. The top hoist end has a white rayon and red cotton stitched on manufacturers tag that reads: “Flaggenfabrik Arfelstedt & Hornung Hamburg + Altona”. Just below the manufacturer’s tag is a rectangular discoloration spot. It is also stamped in black ink with the national eagle and “Waffen-SS #? SS-Flak-Ab” (Abteilung). It shows only the slightest soilage. It measures approximately 35 inches long by 23 inches tall. A perfect size for a display!
The Flag is 100% original. As far as I can tell this stamp is original to the flag. I don’t know of anyone who can definitively authenticate or condemn it. Keep in mind if someone is going to stamp a flag it would likely be SS stamped and they had these stamps in the period. I cannot find this exact stamping on any current reproduction sites. Please ensure you are comfortable with it prior to purchasing.
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