Base Material: Aluminum
Product Description: This Hungarian Gorget – Tabori Biztonsag is a rare Hungarian military police gorget from the last days of WWII. It is a textbook original. It’s made of aluminum, and features a beautifully detailed royal Hungrian coat of arms, flanked by oak leaf clusters. Below this device is a banner with the wording “Tabori Biztonsag,” literally “field security” or “camp security,” denoting military police. Both the coat of arms and banner are separate pieces that have been riveted on. The surfaces are clean, with a very light patina and some scattered marks from wear and handling. The banner has great contrast, with lots of original darkening to the recesses between the raised letters.The reverse has no backing cloth, which is how all of this type were made and issued. There is some built up age patina as well as remains of an adhesive label. The serial number 15515 is neatly stamped on the reverse. The three correct style aluminum hooks are all intact, and show some wear from use. The original, removable steel chain is still present, with no condition issues. The Hungarian Gorget – Tabori Biztonsag is a hard piece to find; this is one of the few surviving originals.
Historical Description: Gorgets were originally part of a knight’s armor during medieval times. Long after suits of armor were abandoned, the gorget continued to be used in many European armies as a form of military insignia. In the Imperial German Army until 1914, gorgets were worn as a special mark of distinction by certain elite units. Following WWI, German paramilitary and police organizations used gorgets for standard bearers, as insignia, and to denote personnel assigned special tasks. Following the Nazi rise to power, there was a vast increase in the number of uniformed organizations, and a variety of new gorgets were instituted for use by these civil, political and paramilitary organizations, as well as by the military. Standard bearers of most organizations, who were entrusted with carrying flags at rallies and in parades, wore gorgets. Other gorgets indicated assignment to guard or security forces. The military police personnel of the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS had their own gorgets as a part of their uniforms and were nicknamed “chained dogs” by the troops, due to the chain used to suspend the gorget around the wearer’s neck. Because gorgets were never general issue to all personnel of any organization or military branch, they were manufactured in limited numbers, and are generally scarce to encounter today.
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