SS-VT Der Führer Collar Tabs – Oberscharführer

Condition: Near Mint

Material: Wool & Bullion

SKU: E0296 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This hard-to-find set of SS-VT Der Führer collar tabs is absolutely gorgeous and virtually pristine. These textbook collar tabs are for an officer with the rank of SS-Oberscharführer, and do not appear to ever have been worn. The body of each tab is made of a fine black wool badge cloth that shows no mothing or other damage. The top quality early runic tab is wonderfully executed in hand embroidered aluminum wire bullion. The embroidery is precise, and the wire is bright, with no oxidation and virtually no wear. The rank tab has two early rank pips. Each tab is edged with a correct black and silver twisted cord piping. On the reverse, these Der Führer collar tabs have a light tan buckram stiffener. All of the prongs from the rank pips are intact and visible. There is no RZM tag. These top quality early collar tabs display exceptionally well. They show no damage or issues, and are in outstanding, near mint 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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