Product Description: A right hand side SS BeVo Runes Collar Tab, made of black ribbed rayon, with a pair of machine woven (BeVo) silver-gray colored SS Sig-Runes on top; the SS BeVo Runes Collar Tab is backed with beige buckram backing (a coarse cotton fabric stiffened with glue). Nice Textbook example, see page 107-108 of Insignia and Artifacts of the Waffen SS. These SS BeVo Runes Collar Tab are slowly starting to become impossible to find in minty 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.
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