SS Oberführer Collar Tab

Condition: Excellent ++/ Near Mint.

Material: Velvet & Bullion

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Product Description: This SS Oberführer Collar Tab is a choice piece of SS insignia.  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 oak leafs indicating the SS rank of Oberführer. The oak leafs 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 velvet cloth. The reverse of the tab shows a typical tan buckram.  This SS Oberführer Collar Tab has great visual appeal. The condition rates as Excellent ++/ Near Mint.


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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