Product Description: This NSDAP Political Gorget M1/102 is an impressive piece of regalia for a Nazi Party political leader. The front of this gorget has a great look, with only extremely minor wear, and a slight, warm patina to the smooth bronze-colored surfaces. The large central German eagle and swastika emblem and the oak leaf border all retain full original detail. The crimped in, green wool felt backing is in original condition, with no evident staining, and only a couple of very small moth nips. One of the hooks on the reverse for the chain is stamped with the round RZM logo of the Reichszeugmeisterei, as well as the maker code M1/102, indicating manufacture by the firm of Frank & Reif in Stuttgart. The chain is complete with all of its original, ornate, detailed links and is marked on the back RZM M1/102, nicely matching the gorget. Original darkening in the recesses of the design on the links adds a great look of depth and contrast to the alternating wreathed swastika and eagle emblems. This NSDAP Political Gorget M1/102 is a very attractive example, in excellent condition overall.
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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