Product Description: This boxed NSDAP Gorget is an outstanding and extremely hard to find piece, that would be very hard to upgrade. The large and impressive gorget, of the type worn by Nazi Party standard bearers, is made of a brass alloy, which retains all of its beautiful, smooth, bronze finish. The German eagle and swastika emblem as well as the oak leaves around the edge of the gorget show wonderful detail. The front of the gorget shows almost no age, and is nearly pristine. On the reverse, this gorget has its correct original brown felt backing, which has some small nips and holes. The clips for the chain are marked RZM M5/8 indicating manufacture by the firm of F. W. Assmann u. Söhne in Lüdenscheid. The original chain is complete, and shows virtually no wear, with all of the original bronze finish. The chain is maker marked RZM M1/128 (Eugen Schmidhäussler, Pforzheim). This incredible gorget is still in its original box, packed in the original tissue paper. These boxes are seldom encountered. The box is made of card stock, covered with a black leatherette material. The sides of the lid are missing, with only the top remaining. The bottom part of the box is complete, though one corner is torn. This boxed NSDAP Gorget displays extremely well, and is in a very strong excellent condition.
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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