Product Description: This SS 113 Standarte Unit Collar Tab is a scarce piece of early SS insignia. It’s made of typical black wool SS badge cloth, in fine prewar quality, formed around a buckram stiffener. This would have been worn on the right side of a uniform collar. The front is emblazoned with the numeral “113” indicating the Standarte. Each numeral has been expertly hand embroidered in aluminum wire bullion over a cardboard underlay. The embroidery is tight and the wire surface is bright and attractive. The wool shows some scattered moth nips around the outside edges as well as a nip below the second “1.” The reverse of this SS 113 Standarte Unit Collar Tab shows a textbook tan buckram. There are the remnants of an SS RZM tag, with some text still visible. This desirable tab remains in excellent 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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