SS-1 Standarte Deutschland Collar Tabs – Untersturmführer

Condition: Near Mint

Material: Wool & Bullion

SKU: E0295 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This is an extremely desirable pair of SS Standarte Deutschland Collar Tabs. These early, top quality tabs were intended for wear by a member of the Allgemeine-SS in SS-1 Standarte “Deutschland,” with the officer rank of SS-Untersturmführer. The body of each tab is made from a typical fine black wool SS badge cloth. The runic tab features gorgeous hand embroidered runes and the numeral “1” in aluminum bullion wire.  The embroidery is tight and precise, as one would expect, with a thin cardboard Unterlagen. The wire shows no oxidation and only extremely minor handling wear. The rank tab has three early rank pips. Both tabs are edged with textbook twisted black and silver piping. On the reverse, these SS Standarte Deutschland Collar Tabs show a typical buckram stiffener. All of the Tombak prongs for the rank pips are intact and visible. There is no RZM tag. This rare set of insignia does not appear to have ever been worn. There are no stitch holes or damage of any kind. These tabs would likely be impossible to upgrade, and have fantastic visual appeal. They are beautiful, and in outstanding, near mint condition.


Historical Description: Regulations for the SS Collar Tab went through quite an evolution in just a short 16 year period. The first SS Collar Tabs were introduced in 1929 by Heinrich Himmler as part of the newly introduced SS uniform code. Initially, tabs were worn by both lower rank SS men and their senior leaders. Lower ranks would wear a rank tab as well as a numbered unit identification tab, with senior leaders wearing their rank tabs on both collars. In 1933 the well known “SS” runic tab was adopted by Hitler’s personal body guard detachment, the “Leibstandarte” or “LAH”. The LAH used this runic tab in lieu of the numerical unit identification tab to identify them as members of the elite unit protecting the “Führer”. In 1934 the runic “SS” tabs were again adopted for use by the early “SS-VT” units. This adoption eventually led to the wide spread use of SS runic tabs by German Divisions; the later non-German volunteer units would not be permitted to wear the runes, and bore their own unit designed patch instead. SS Collar tabs can be found in an extraordinary variety of numbers, designs, and pipings depending on unit and rank, from hand-embroidered tabs worn by officers to mass produced embroidered and machine woven types that were used on combat uniforms.


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