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SA Gorget, Early Variant, Unit Marked

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Rare example of an early SA style gorget as first pictured in the 1977 published 'Gorgets of the Third Reich' by Deeter and Odegard on page 28. The authors had no information other than that it was a period example and that its specific use could not be determined.  The gorget body is that of an SA example, however the sunburst is silver with a red enameled disc in its center. There is a unit marking engraved at the bottom of the shield "****". Upon the red disc is an early political eagle, also in silver. Note that it is not a cap eagle. The gorget is complete with the SA style chain and the reverse is backed with black wool. There is an RZM metal disc below the center tang. The book indicates it was likely not sanctioned through the RZM. Wilhelm Saris' and Andrew Mollo's massive 2012 gorget reference 'Ringkragen und Brustschilder im dritten Reich' also pictures this variant and notes it is possibly connected to the Oldenburg Landesfeuerwehrverband (State Fire Brigade Association) as a flag from that organization was discovered with the same insignia. Whatever its use, it would have been used for only a year or two at most. This example is not the one pictured in the book but is a second example. Excellent condition with only normal age and handling.