S009182 EM/NCO'S RUNIC COLLAR TAB. (Kragenpatte)

BACKGROUND: Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler’s obsession with pagan runic symbolism manifested itself in runic emblems used by the SS, the most famous of which was the dual sig-runes used on the collar tabs and helmets decals of the SS. The dual sig-runes design was initiated by SS-Sturmhauptführer and graphic artist Walter Heck in May 1933, who sold his design to the SS for 2.50 Reichs Marks. Of Note: Originally EM/NCO’s collar tabs for the ranks of SS-Schütze to SS-Hauptscharführer inclusively were piped in twisted white cord from their original inception, (Runic tabs, August 1929/Rank tabs, May 1933), until October 24TH 1934 when the piping for EM/NCO’s was modified to alternating twisted black and silver/aluminum cord piping. The final modification, in August 1940, eliminated all piping from EM/NCO’s collar tabs. Officer’s ranks collar tabs from SS-Untersturmführer to SS-Hauptsturmführer utilized alternating twisted black and silver/aluminum cord piping from their inception until October 24TH 1934 and silver/aluminum cord piping from October 1934 until the end of the war while the ranks of SS-Sturmbannführer to SS-Reichsführer utilized the silver/aluminum cord piping from August 1929 to May 1945.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Right hand side, circa 1940-1945 pattern, un-piped, black wool construction collar tab with machine embroidered SS runes in silvery/grey cotton threads. The runes stand in nice high relief on the collar tab. The collar tab is mounted on a tan buckram backing. Original SS/RZM paper tag remains. Nice!

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $714.00

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