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S009575 "ADOLF HITLER" OFFICER'S CUFFTITLE. (Ärmelstreiffen)

BACKGROUND: The 1.SS-Panzer-Division LSSAH, (Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler), the premier unit of the Waffen-SS, (Armed-SS), had evolved from the Stabswache (Headquarter Guards), that were originally formed in March 1923. From its original inception it served under numerous designations until the tenth anniversary of the failed Beer Hall Putsch on the night of November 8TH/9TH 1933 when Hitler bestowed them with the honor title, Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, (Life Regiment Adolf Hitler). The LSSAH underwent further expansions and designation until October 22ND 1943 when it received its final designation as 1.SS-Panzer-Division LSSAH, (Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler). The LSSAH personnel were first authorized wear of an honorary cufftitle, with Gothic style script, as early as September 1933. In 1934 the script on the cufftitle was changed to the Sütterlin style and remain in this form until the end of the war. The cufftitle underwent minor manufacturing variants through-out the war. Of Note: It is believed the BeVo machine woven pattern "Adolf Hitler" cufftitles were first introduced in 1943. Of Note: The RZM, Reichzeugmeisterei, (National Equipment Quartermaster), was official founded in June 1934 in Munich by the NSDAP as a Reich Hauptamt, (State Central Office), and was based on the earlier SA Quartermaster’s Department. The functions of the RZM were not only to procure and distribute items to Party formations, but also to approve chosen designs and to act as a quality control supervisor to ensure items manufactured for the Party met required specification and were standardized. Starting in late 1934 items manufactured for the SS came under the quality control of the RZM and were marked by a cloth RZM/SS approval tag. The dimensions and design of these cloth tags was altered in 1935 and this second pattern tag remained in use until early 1938, when it was replaced by a paper tag. In 1943 the Waffen-SS assumed full control over their uniform item production and no longer fell under the authority of the RZM.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice quality, Officer’s, machine woven, black rayon cufftitle with hand embroidered Sütterlin style script, "Adolf Hitler", in bright silver/aluminum threads. The cufftitle is bordered at both the top and bottom edges in horizontally woven, seven strand, bright silver/aluminum threads. The full length cufftitle is roughly 27mm wide and 46cm long, with folded over stitched ends. The hand embroidered script with loosely woven protective black fabric backing is visible in a mirror image to the reverse of the cufftitle. Reverse has a white, paper RZM/SS tag with black printed script and the red inkstamped manufacturer’s numerical code. The printed script to the tag includes both the RZM logo and the SS runes within circular borders. The cufftitle is in overall excellent un-issued condition with minimal age toning. The cufftitle was worn by personnel serving with the 1.SS-Panzer-Division "Leibstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler".

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $1,500.00

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