Product Description: This set of tunic removed Panzer collar tabs is an outstanding example of a very rare set to find. This is an original and matching set. The body of each tab is made from typical standard black wool badge cloth. The edges of each tab are adorned with midwar type rayon piping, with the pink color of Panzer units. The piping shows a textbook weave and is factory machine applied to the tabs. The center of each tab has a midwar style zinc skull with three attachment prongs. The skulls show great finish and little or no wear, with all of the original detail intact. There is no sign that the prongs have ever been disturbed. On the reverse, these Panzer collar tabs show two different types of buckram stiffener material. The edges of the tabs show remnants of stitching, a result of these having been factory applied to a Panzer wrap. These rare tabs display very well. The condition rates as excellent.
Historical Description: Collar insignia, in the form of collar tabs (Kragenspiegel) or simple woven Litzen, were very widely used by many German civil, political, military and paramilitary organizations, before and during WWII. In some cases, for example on collar tabs of the Luftwaffe, the collar insignia were rank specific, with devices or rank Tresse that changed as a soldier was promoted. In other cases, such as the pre-1938 Litzen used on enlisted field tunics of the German Army, the collar insignia had no rank identifier, but bore “Waffenfarbe” branch colors that identified a soldier’s unit type. Some German collar insignia were adorned with unit or branch specific metal emblems, while others featured hand or machine embroidery, and still others were made using hand applied wire bullion. Less commonly, collar insignia emblems could be directly applied to the collar itself, rather than being a removable patch. Collar insignia intended for field use was often different from the formal dress insignia used by the same organization. It is no exaggeration to say that many hundreds of different collar patterns were in use during the Third Reich, with some organizations having multiple patterns as regulations changed during the 1933-45 period. Some collar insignia, which was mass produced for large organizations, remains relatively common today, while other insignia types such as those for officers of the highest ranks, or for small organizations, are very scarce.
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