Exact Replica of Field Marshal's Service Baton. An exact reproduction of Field Marshal von Kleist's service baton, with incredible attention to detail. The baton is 31 inches long. It resembles an ebony riding crop, fitted with an elaborate silver metal pommel surmounted by a golden Wehrmacht and Reichs eagles. Engraved at the base of the silver pommel is "von Kleist" below which is attached a red, black and silver tasseled cord.
The "Intermstab," as the work-a-day service baton was called, derived in form and principle from the time of Kaiser Wilhelm the Second, before World War I. It rested on no particular tradition and was shaped along the lines of a riding crop, with a massive golden royal crown for a pommel. In the Third Reich, a service baton was granted for the first time on April 20, 1936, to Werner von Blomberg, who was also the first Field Marshall under Hitler. It was meant to be an emblem of rank for daily use in order to save wear and tear on the cumbersome, delicate, vulnerable, and very costly ceremonial baton.
- New reproduction comes with a red velvet presentation case.