Condition: Near Mint
Product Description: This Teno Cuff Title is a near-perfect example. This pattern of cuff title was worn by members of the Technische Nothilfe, a civilian emergency relief organization. This full length cuff title measures 16″ long, and is BeVo, machine woven construction, made of rayon. It is a black band, with gray stripes along the long edges, and the wording “Technische Nothilfe” executed in a Fraktur lettering style in the center. This Teno Cuff Title is unissued, and shows no stitch holes or any other traces of having been affixed to a uniform sleeve. There is no wear or damage of any kind to note, and only extremely slight age toning and some very minor wrinkling from storage over the decades. The reverse of this cuff title shows details of the machine woven construction. It remains in near mint condition, and would be very tough to upgrade.
Historical Description: Cuff titles (Ärmelstreifen) are uniform accoutrements that have been used in the German military since the 19thcentury. Intended to foster a certain sense of ‘esprit de corps’ amongst members of the armed forces, they were authorized for wear by members of designated units for the duration of their service time within that unit. In the event of transfer out of the unit, the cuff title was to be removed from the service member’s uniform. During the Third Reich, the German military continued this tradition by instituting honorary cuff titles to certain ‘special’ formations. This practice is perhaps most well-known for its application amongst Waffen- ϟϟ units. Cuff titles were also authorized for wear within all branches of the Wehrmacht (Army, Air Force and Navy) as well. These unit-specific cuff titles are not to be confused with others, which were awarded for participation in a certain campaign. The tradition, within the German military of wearing cuff titles, continues into the 21st century with certain honor guard contingents of the Bundeswehr being permitted to wear unit-specific cuff titles.
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