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. In August 1929 the SS incorporated the wear of rank collar tabs on the left side of the collar of the service tunic. The SS collar tabs were originally adopted from the earlier rank collar tabs as utilized by the SA, Sturmabteilung, (Storm Troops). The SS collar tabs remained in usage through-out the war with a couple of minor alterations. The ranks of SS-Sturmscharführer to SS-Hauptsturmführer inclusively utilized alternating twisted black and silver/aluminum cord piping from May 19TH 1933 until October 24TH 1934 when it was altered to silver/aluminum cord piping.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: The collar tabs consist of the right hand side SS runic collar tab and a SS-Untersturmführers, left hand side rank collar tab. The right hand side collar tab features a black wool base with hand embroidered SS runes in bright silver/aluminum wire threads. The left hand side rank collar tab features three, silver washed, stamped alloy rank pips. Both of the collar tabs have a twisted silver/aluminum piping to the outside edges and are mounted on tan buckram bases. Nice!

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $1,695.00

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