Original German WWII Unissued SA Standard Bearer's Gorget with Chain by W. Annetsberger of München in Case

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Original Item: Only One Available. Gorgets hold an interesting place in history, as they are a throw-back to the days of knights, when suits of armor included a neck protection device called a Gorget. They have been used since that time to identify membership or function in various military and police organizations, and Gorgets were thoroughly used during the Third Reich.

This is an excellent unissued example of a German mid-WWII style Sturmabteilung (SA) Standard Bearer's Gorget. These would be worn during parades and other political activities by the person bearing the NSDAP / SA flag, which was quite a place of honor, hearkening back to earlier days, where the flag had more value than life.

The gorget is constructed of nickel-plated alloy, most likely brass, with a large 8 rayed star in the center, on top of which is the early SA belt emblem, with an early "Sunwheel" style Swas (Swas). The central emblem is silver plated, and most likely of brass construction. The plating and gilding on the gorget is fully intact, with some oxidation on the central emblem, due to contact with the lid of the box.

It is marked with the RZM (Reichszeugmeisterei) insignia on the rear central clip, and maker marked on the left side clip with M1/83 for W(illy) Annetsberger of München. Complete with the field gray felt protective liner on the back, which is fully intact, with no moth whatsoever. The gorget still has its original long hanging chain, which were often lost,. The chain is also in great shape.

The original heart-shaped box still has the original tissue paper inside, and is made of stiff cardboard, with a black exterior. There is a split on the bottom corner of the inner box, from long storage, probably under heavy items. Otherwise the box is in great shape.

Overall condition of the gorget is just about unissued, with only storage wear and some oxidation keeping this from being MINT. These are among the hardest to find examples of German World War Two Gorgets. Ready to display!

The Sturmabteilung, literally Storm Detachment, was the NSDAP Party's original paramilitary. It played a significant role in Adolf AH's rise to power in the 1920s and 1930s. Its primary purposes were providing protection for NSDAP rallies and assemblies, disrupting the meetings of opposing parties, fighting against the paramilitary units of the opposing parties, especially the Red Front Fighters League (Rotfrontkämpferbund) of the Communist Party of Germany (KPD), and intimidating Romani, trade unionists, and, especially, Jews – for instance, during the NSDAP boycott of Jewish businesses.

The SA were also called the "Brownshirts" (Braunhemden) from the color of their uniform shirts, similar to Benito Mussolini's blackshirts. The SA developed pseudo-military titles for its members, with ranks that were later adopted by several other NSDAP Party groups, chief amongst them the Schutzstaffel (SS), which originated as a branch of the SA before being separated. Brown-colored shirts were chosen as the SA uniform because a large number of them were cheaply available after World War I, having originally been ordered during the war for colonial troops posted to Germany's former African colonies.

The SA became disempowered after Adolf AH ordered the "blood purge" of 1934. This event became known as the Night of the Long Knives (die Nacht der langen Messer). The SA continued to exist, but was effectively superseded by the SS, although it was not formally dissolved until after NSDAP Germany's final capitulation to the Allies in 1945.

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