Product Description: This SS BEVO Rank Tab is a tunic removed piece. These tabs are rare to find. This one is textbook. The construction is Bevo style, machine woven, on a thin black rayon backing. There never was any rank braid or pip applied to this tab; it is for the lowest enlisted rank. The outer edge shows stitch holes from where this was previously factory machine sewn to a tunic collar, with straight stitching. It was apparently carefully removed, as there is no damage. The reverse of this SS BEVO Rank Tab shows the folded rayon backing, which was cut from a factory roll with zig-zag pinking shears before being folded around the backing. The tan buckram backing is visible. This hard to find tab would be perfect for completing a pair with a Bevo runic tab. It also displays nicely as a desirable piece of insignia in its own right. The condition is excellent plus.
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 bodyguard 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 widespread 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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