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Original WWII German Luftwaffe Air Traffic Controller Gorget by C.E. Juncker of Berlin - Reichs-Luft-Aufsicht

Item Description

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

This is a very nice example of a German WWII Luftwaffe Air Traffic Controller's Gorget. These would have been worn at not only formal events but in the field as well, to make it clear who held an important position in the Reichs-Luftaufsicht (National Air Supervision). Similar gorgets were used in other parts of the NSDAP organizational structure, indicating those who held a special position.

The gorget is constructed of all non-magnetic materials, most likely plated brass or solid nickel. The main body definitely appears to be solid alloy, however the large clip on the back does show wear through to brass. The brass insignia on the front features a large set of wings connected to a circle, with a rotated NSDAP Swas in the middle. There is a little movement in the wings and they no longer sit tightly against the shield. Below this is another brass badge reading REICHS-LUFT-AUFSICHT, for National Air Traffic Control.

These were hung around the neck, and have one hook on the back so it hangs in the center or to the side. The hook still displays maker information: C.E. JUNCKER / Berlin. This German company was originally founded as a “Military Effects” shop in 1851. They sold uniforms, helmets and decorations. Juncker made thousands of decorations during the reign of AH and the Third Reich until the site in Berlin was bombed in 1944.

Overall condition is very good with light wear on the front of the plate and chain. These are among the hardest to find examples of German World War Two Gorgets. Ready to display!

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