S003672 "DER FÜHRER" OFFICER'S CUFFTITLE. (Ärmelstreiffen)

BACKGROUND: The SS-VT, SS-Verfügungsrtruppe, Standarte III, (SS-Special Purpose Troops 3RD Regiment) was originally formed shortly after the annexation of Austria in April 1938. At the NSDAP Nürnberg rally in September 1938 the unit was allotted the honorary title, "Der Führer", and its personnel were authorized wear of a cufftitle with Gothic script. In October 1939 the Standarte became a component of the newly formed SS-VT-Division (mot.), which would eventually evolve into the 2. Panzer-Division "Das Reich". On transfer to the 2. Panzer-Division "Das Reich" personnel of the Standarte retained the right to wear the cufftitle. Originally the cufftitle was manufactured with Gothic style script until December 1939 when the script was altered to Latin style script. The Standarte underwent three name designation alterations during its time of service with the division receiving its final designation as SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 4 on October 22ND 1943.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Early, (pre-December 1939), woven black rayon cufftitle with machine woven embroidered Gothic script, "Der Führer", in bright silver/aluminum threads. The cufftitle is bordered at both top and bottom edges in horizontally woven, six strand, bright silver/aluminum threads. The full length cufftitle is roughly 30mm wide and 48cm long, with folded over stitched ends. The cufftitle has the typical "salt & pepper" reverse with a woven, ribbed, protective black fabric backing to the reverse of the embroidery and a white paper RZM/SS tag with black printed script and purple ink stamped manufacturer's numerical code. The tag features both the printed RZM logo and SS runes. The cufftitle is in overall excellent un-issued condition with light age toning to the reverse. Scarce early cufftitle.

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $2,200.00

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