Original German WWII SA Vehicle Staff Car Pennant Flag with RZM A4/655 Tag - Unissued
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a beautiful example of a desirable SA Vehicle Wimpel (Pennant), which would be flown on a small staff attached to the fender of the automobile or other vehicle it was attached to. The Sturmabteilung (Storm Detachment), often known as the "Brownshirts", were Nazi Party's original paramilitary organization, and played a significant role in Adolf Hitler's rise to power in the 1920s and 1930s.
The overall condition of this extremely attractive SA vehicle pennant is excellent, with no signs of being used. Constructed of cotton, this flag is in unissued condition, with almost no signs of age. The red backing remains bright and vibrant. Its double sided, with each side bearing a machine woven, round Bevo style representation of an SA organizational emblem, black on a white background. Pennant measures 14 1/2" long by 9 1/4" tall. There are three brass hanging rings attached to the header at the top, bottom, and middle.
The pennant shows minor age toning, but was definitely never issued. It remains crisp and pristine. The rear still features the original RZM tag which is also very nice, with age toning and a bit of folding on the edge. The tag has a correct “E” tax code and features the RZM logo as well as the ink stamped numerical designation of the hersteller (manufacturer) A4/655 over lot No. 010453. This SA vehicle pennant is an outstanding example that would be nearly impossible to upgrade.
Highly impressive and loaded with eye appeal, this is sure to make a great addition to any collection!
During the Third Reich and WWII, a wide variety of flags and pennants were used on German cars and vehicles. In the military, vehicle flags and pennants were used to indicate branch or rank, or specific command roles. The various civilian organizations also had vehicle flags and pennants for members of their organization or to denote the vehicles of officers, leaders or people in specific roles. Even political leaders had their own flags which were often rank specific. Some of the flags, especially military ones, were simply printed, and some were machine woven or stitched, while the flags for political leaders and the highest ranking military personnel were more decorative and often elaborately hand embroidered in bullion wire. Some vehicle flags were mass produced, including simple national flag type swastika emblem pennants that could have been bought by any patriotic supporter. Others were unique. These flags were attractive souvenirs for GI troops at the end of the war, and are eagerly collected today.
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