Third Reich Locomotive Eagle- (Reichsbahn Frontadler) # 3278
For consideration is an exceptionally rare locomotive eagle for the Reichsbahn. Massive eagle from wing to wing including curvature to exceed 48 inches and the height comes in at about two feet. Needless to say this is a massive casting and a statement piece for sure. While there is no shortage of Rail eagles the Frontadler is seldom encountered and I am aware of 3 or 4 that exist in private collections to include this example.
The recently published book by William Saris depicts several examples with various differences from finish to cut wings etc. Given their size and being prohibitive in that way there were at least a couple that were cut at the wings and re-welded after they returned home as war booty. Here we have an uncut bird that shows a beautiful bright aluminum finish and must have been sent home in a mighty big box or with someone who had some rank, this is tough to say but the proof is in the pudding and this is an exceptional bird in every way in regards to condition and care.
An enthusiast for the Reichsbah Adlers will notice that unlike examples shown in the Reichsbahn publication this example was never cast with a swastika front or rear, it is separately machined of aluminum and set in place with a single screw and rises up and over the inner wreath. It is beautifully done and you can get the idea from the photos I have just added.
Railroad eagles and eagles of all shapes and sizes have increased in popularity exponentially over the last 10 years and have shown to be pretty good in the way of financial returns. While there is never really a guarantee the market is no doubt aesthetically driven and premiums are applied for tier one examples. This bird has everything going for it and will make an excellent display in the home of the next caretaker.I will add anything if it comes to me and questions are always welcome.
Shipping and any details can be ironed out depending on where this go's but will make it work.
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