The gorgets worn by the Standard Bearers of Third Reich organizations are extremely interesting, and good-looking artifacts. They make great additions to a collection of edged weapons. The same organizations that used a unique gorget breast piece to represent the traditions of their service branch also carried a dagger for the same reasons; the two go hand-in-hand. They also will prove to be great accent pieces with a dagger collection.
GORGETS #39655 SA/SS Flag Bearer Kornet Gorget
This Kornet Gorget was worn by flag bearer's of both the SS and the SA up until 1938, when the SS had their own design. The gorget is heart-shaped and is non-magnetic, being produced of nickel. The edges are rolled. The nickel surfaces show only mild patina, but appear to be in perfect condition beneath.
At the two upper edges of the plate are line-decorated, brass bosses. In the center is a matching brass sunburst with an applied circular nickel emblem. The emblem has twin rope design circles which contain oak leaves. Inside is an early Party eagle with open wings and grasping an oak leaf wreath with sun wheel-style swastika. The reverse of the plate has three nickel stem tabs, two for attaching the neck chain and one for putting behind the shirt during wear. Below is a metal circle about the size of a quarter with a circle and "RZM" raised out.
The neck chain is heavy nickel brass links. The backing to the plate is a black felt material. It is still in mint condition with no mothing. A fine example here.
A great display piece with an SA or early SS dagger.
Near Mint. $1595.00
GORGETS #39322 SA/SS Kornet Gorget
This early Kornet Gorget is the heart-shaped type with fine nickel face plate. The plate has a crisp rim around the edge. At the top are a pair of brass bosses that act to retain the tabs on the reverse.
In the center is a star surrounding a rope-like circle. In the center is an opened winged eagle grasping a wreathed sunwheel swastika.
The reverse is equipped with a closed tab retaining the heavy chain. The other tab is open to allow removal of the chain. In the center there is a third, large tab that was used to secure the gorget to the uniform of the wearer. This gorget is backed with dark, blue-black velvet, which may be a replacement but still looks good.
The chain is a very heavy example and in very good condition. This piece is the same as that shown on page 25 of the Dieter gorget book.
Excellent Plus. $1,195.00
GORGETS #38490 Early SA/SS Kornet Gorget
This example is heart shaped with fine nickel-plated surfaces. The plating is perfect throughout, with no rust or problems. The gorget has a border, and at the top there are brass bosses on each side. These bosses have a fine floral design. In the center there is a brass sunburst with a circular design that is almost identical to that seen on a SA belt buckle. In the very middle is a early, open-winged Political eagle. This eagle has fine detail and clutches a large wreathed sunwheel swastika. There are traces of the original plating in the recesses of the sunburst.
The reverse of the gorget is covered in blue/black felt. This felt has seen some mothing in the center and about the edges, but overall is about 90% intact. In the center of the felt is an RZM medallion. There are three tabs on this example; one tab retains the neck chain while the other is longer and only acts to secure the chain. The center tab is the longest, and was used to secure the piece to the uniform of the wearer.
Attached to the gorget is the heavy nickel-plated neck chain which is constructed from links of wire.
The gorget is in very fine condition, and a great example to display with SA or SS pieces. It is the same as the example shown in the Dieter book on page 24. We don't see many of these early patterns around any more, so this is a good opportunity to acquire a textbook example.
Excellent Plus. $1,395.00
GORGETS #36694 1st Style Veteran's Gorget
The gorget is steel-based, and is crescent shaped. The breastplate is nickel-plated throughout, and shows only the most minor signs of age. It has a rolled rim that goes around the entire border. In the center there is an enamel shield, which features the Kyffhäuser War Memorial. It is rendered in black enamel, set against a white field, over a red field with a black mobile swastika. There is a small chip in the enamel at the tip of shield. On either side of the shield are the flags of Imperial Germany, two of them at the left, and the flags of the Third Reich, two of them being at the right. These flags are rendered with poles and pole-tops. The area around the enamel Kyffhäuser memorial has a matching gilded wreath. Above the center area of the gorget is the name of the town from the wearer hailed. It is engraved “Erdorf”. At the two crescent ends are matching gilded bosses.
The reverse of the gorget has a dark blue felt covering. The felt is in completely perfect condition. It is possible that this felt is a replacement, as it is hard to believe it can be in this good of a state, but if it is a restoration it does not detract from the piece.
The gorget is complete with a gilded brass neck chain. It consists of alternating swastika and Iron Cross marked links. These links are attached to the reverse of the gorget with a metal tab on the left. This tab is stanmped “2”. This is the tab that is open so that the chain can be removed. The tab on the right side is the permanently sealed type, to which the chain is affixed.
A fine example here of a Veteran's Gorget, as the 1st Style is more difficult to find than the 2nd Style.
Excellent Plus. $1,295.00
GORGETS #35143 2nd Type Stahlhelm Gorget
This lightweight, 2nd Style Stahlhelm Gorget is quite rare, and is the same as the one shown in the Deeter Book on Page 21 ,and also tappears in the new gorget book by Wilhelm Saris on Page 46 and 47.
The gorget appears to be a solid copper crescent shape having rolled border. The center area features an applied silvered image having an oval depiction in the center flanked by a pair of Imperial flags on each side. The flags are equipped with pointed pole tops. The lower portion of the depiction is bordered with laurel leaves. In the center oval, there is an applied steel WWI helmet having the pressed-in lettering in the helmet center, "Der Stahlhelm". Engraved below the helmet is the town/area from whence the gorget was used,"Ortsgruppe/Schönburg". The engraving is professionally accomplished. At the two upper corners of the plate are silvered fluted bosses.
The reverse is equipped with tabs in the upper corners that retain the neck chain. The neck chain consists of alternating brass links in the shape of circles and ovals, each having a geometric design on the front and reverse surfaces. There is no covering material on the reverse of the gorget plate, and it does not look like it ever had any. A very rare gorget coming from the early 1920's, when the war-torn and discouraged German population was struggling to establish a government that looked after the many unemployed and veterans of WWI.
Excellent Plus $1,995.