The SS Standard Bearer’s Gorget M-38
by Dr. Frank Thayer
From its inception, SS standard bearers wore the SA gorget but on September 11, 1938, a new gorget was introduced for SS wear. The RZM logo and manufacturer’s code were stamped into the center tang. The gorget, stamped out of nickle-silver, was 19cm wide by 13.5 cm in height. The chain-link suspension was similar in design to the suspension links of the SS dagger, M-36 in that there were alternating links showing the SS runes and a skull. These were struck on both sides and such chains with devices only on one side are post war copies.
The center tang on the reverse of the gorget is stamped RZM M1/128. It may be of interest that a good copy of the gorget was made in the early 1990s with correct mark on the reverse; however the chain was single sided and the chest of the eagle was almost flat, whereas the original gorget eagle presents a bulbous chest.