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 #39785C Political Leader’s Gorget
This Political Leader’s Gorget is in the form a brass, crescent shaped plate with a border of overlapping oak leaves. In the center of the plate is a Political eagle, with open wings that are tipped slightly upward. The recesses of the feathering, wreath, and swastika have been factory darkened.
There are a couple of age spots on this plate, the main one being under the left wing. None of them are too bad, however.
The gorget is equipped with a fine neck chain. The links of this chain alternate between designs of oak leaves and swastikas and Political eagles. The two bottom links are marked “RZM M 1/19”. This chain is comprised or 31 links and it is connected to a pair of tabs on the reverse of the gorget. On of these tabs is marked “RZM M1/102”. This does not match the RZM number on the chain, but we frequently see mismatched numbers on this type of gorget. These chains were not attached in any permanent manner, so obviously they were easily taken off and subsequently mixed up.
The reverse of the gorget has excellent green felt backing. There are a few very minor moth holes but in the main the backing is in outstanding condition.
A nice gorget here that is priced reasonably.
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 #39656 RAD Gorget
This seldom-seen RAD Gorget is made of steel base metal having a fine nickel-plated surface. The plating remains perfect throughout. The gorget is heart-shaped and has a rolled edge. In the center area is an applied RAD insignia appearing to be silvered brass. It features the RAD spade with raised mobile swastika in the center. The spade is positioned between two wheat shafts. Above the insignia is the motto of the RAD, "Arbeit Adelt" (Work enobles). The slogan is stamped into the surface of the gorget.
The reverse of the plate is covered with green felt material. The felt is in perfect condition and is totally moth-free. At the reverse upper area are two nickel tabs which retain the neck chain. The chain consists wire and flat metal tabs and it is in perfect condition with excellent plating. The center of the back plate has a tab worn to connect to the wearer's shirt. The tab is stamped, "Steinhauer & Luck, Ludenscheid".
A very fine RAD example here.
Near Mint. $1,495.00
GORGETS #39565C Army Feldgendarmerie Gorget
The face plate is plated with aluminum; the base is most likely nickel as it is non-magnetic. Some of the plating is worn away, but overall the piece is in reasonably good condition.
This example (as most are) is crescent shaped with a rounded border. At either end is a boss, and, in the center, is an open-winged Army eagle clutching a swastika. The bosses and the eagle are coated with phosphorescent paint which shows some wear and missing portions. At the bottom is a ribbon that reads, “Feldgendarmerie”, who were basically the military police.
The backing of the plate is covered in gray material which looks to be original. This covering has no mothing and remains in good shape. There are also some ink markings on the felt, but I can’t quite make them out. There is a tab that acts to retain the chain hanger, a center tab that would have been used to secure the plate to a tunic, and an open tab to affix the hanging chain. This tab was missing when we obtained this piece; the one in place is a replacement we fabricated in-house. The job was came out very nicely and you most likely would never notice it was replaced.
The original chain is with this gorget. It is magnetic, so the base metal must be steel.
If you like pieces with period wear this gorget is right up your alley. It is priced accordingly.
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 #39164C Veteran’s 1st Style Gorget
This gorget is aluminum and crescent shaped. 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.
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. At the two crescent ends are matching gilded bosses.
This gorget has an enamel button on top of the memorial, reading “25”. In addition it it engraved “Kriegerkamrade Mühlheim A. D. EIS”. The reverse of the gorget has a black felt covering.
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 stamped “3”. 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. $895.00
GORGETS #38882 Army Feldgendarmerie Gorget
This Feldgendarmerie Gorget is in fantastic, mint condition. The Army Feldgendarmerie units performed duties such as guarding supply and ammunition depots, security patrols and the directing of traffic.
This gorget does not appear to have been used much, if at all. It is a crescent shaped plate of steel with a coating of aluminum. The border of the plate is rolled. The face of the gorget bears an open-winged Army eagle that looks to the viewer's right and clutches a wreathed mobile swastika.
To the left and right of the eagles wings are bosses which hold the rear tabs. Below the eagle is a metal ribbon which reads, in raised letters, “Feldgendarmerie”. The bosses, eagle and lettering on this gorget have been coating with phosphorescent paint.
The reverse of the plate is covered in a brown fiber board backing which remains in perfect condition. Applied to the back are tabs which act to retain the chain. One tab is open and the other closed, so the chain would be be easily lost. In the lower area is a single tab would would have held the plate tightly against the uniform of the wearer.
Attached to the gorget is the original neck chain. It is the heavy steel type with matching aluminum plating. It is made of wire links.
If you are looking for the best of the best, this original example would be extremely hard to upgrade.
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 #38489 Political Leader's Gorget
This outstanding Political Leader's Gorget was produced by the famous Assmann firm. It has a beautiful antique bronze finish throughout that shows only the most minor evidence of age. The edges of the 9 inch face plate are beautifully accented with raised, overlapping oak leaves.
In the center is the large, open-winged eagle which is retained by rivets. The bird has a finely up-swept wing tips and clutches a wreathed swastika in his talons.
The reverse is covered in the brown felt backing characteristic of Assmann pieces, as opposed to the more commonly seen green. There is some mild mothing on the bottom portion and edges of the felt. The two tabs that retain the chain are marked with Assmann code, “RZM M5/8”.
The accompanying neck chain has 31 links. These links nicely match the finish of the gorget, and alternate in design between a swastika with oak leaves and a Political eagle and swastika. This chain is marked “RZM M 1/17” on the reverse; it is not usually to see mismatched RZM codes on a gorget. This same code is usually seen on Assmann gorgets, perhaps indicating that they purchased them from another manufacturer.
An extremely nice gorget that will make an impressive addition to any collection. If you have the old Dieter gorget book you can see this type of piece on page 128.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,395.00
GORGETS #37907 Political Leader's Gorget
This example has a fine brass crescent face plate. The plate is bordered with overlapping oak leaves. In the center there is an open-winged Political eagle with upswept wing tips. The detail is outstanding throughout this bird. The plate shows some minor signs of age, but they are mostly negligible.
Attached to the gorget is a 29 link neck chain. This chain has links which alternated between a swastika and oak leaves and a half-opened wing Political eagle and wreathed swastika. The bottom link is marked “RZM M1/128”. This same marking is also on the tab which connects the chain to the inner left reverse of the plate.
The reverse of the plate is covered in green felt. There is a small amount of backing missing along the right bottom edge, but I see no mothing anywhere.
All in all a good, strong gorget here.
Excellent Plus. $1,295.00
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.