Product Description: This SS 41 Standarte Unit Collar Tab is a choice piece of early SS insignia. This would have been mounted on the right side of a uniform collar. The body of this tab is made of a typical prewar quality black wool SS badge cloth, formed around a buckram stiffener. The obverse is emblazoned with the numeral “41” indicating the SS Standarte. The numbers are beautifully hand embroidered in aluminum bullion wire over a cardboard underlay. The embroidery is perfect and expertly done, and the metal shows no oxidation or issues. The badge cloth retains the original surface nap and has one moth nip to the right of the number “1.” The reverse of the tab shows a typical tan buckram. There is a partial SS RZM paper tag, that still shows the serial number and the round “RZM” logo. This SS 41 Standarte Unit Collar Tab has great visual appeal. The condition rates as excellent.
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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