Original Rare German WWII SS Totenkopf Skull Badge for Visor Caps by Deschler & Sohn - Schutzstaffel

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. The SS (Schutzstaffel) was originally formed in 1925, ostensibly to act as a small, loyal bodyguard unit to protect the Führer, Adolf AH. Under the direction of the Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler, the SS grew to be the most ruthless and feared organization of the 20th century. They were the vanguard of Germany eventually controlled nearly every function of German life and much of Occupied Europe.

Here we have a very nice example of a rare German SS Totenkopf (Skull) Badge for Schirmmützen (Visor Caps), with both of the original brass attachment tabs still intact. The iconic "Death's Head" emblem, used for centuries in Europe before being co-opted by the SS, is made of nickel, which was originally fully silver or aluminum washed.

Like the majority we have handled, this example was made by the firm Deschler & Sohn of München (Munich) in Bavaria, the "home" of the NSDAP. The skull rates, overall, in good condition, and is non-magnetic with a silver wash. The rear shows a clear raised ((RZM)) mark over M1/52, the manufacturer's RZM code for Deschler. Two flat wire attachment prongs are attached to the reverse for mounting to a visor. The prongs are soldered to two flat discs which give the prongs added strength by allowing more of a solder area to secure to. Both prongs are original to the skull and have no repairs, confirmed by the silver wash.

Condition is very good, especially considering the age. There are not any dents or damage to the skull, which still shows the full details, and there is still a bit of the original silver wash present in the recessed areas. Measures approximately 30mm x 26mm.

The perfect way to dress up an SS Visor cap that may be missing its badge. Ready to add to your collection!

The Allgemeine-SS, (General-SS), was originally formed in May 1923 as the Stosstrupp Adolf AH, (Shock Troops Adolf AH), and was redesignated Schutzstaffel, (Protection Squad), in April 1925 with the official acceptance of the name verified on the second anniversary of the failed Munich "Beer-Hall" Putsch on November 9TH 1925. On January 6TH 1929 Heinrich Himmler was appointed as Reichsführer-SS, (National Leader {of the} SS), and on July 20TH 1934 shortly after the, June 30TH 1934, purge of the SA, Sturm Abteilung, (Storm Troopers) on the "Night of the Long Knives", the SS was rewarded by AH by being granted the status of an independent organization under direct control of the NSDAP, Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, (National Socialist German Worker’s Party).

The SS developed the distinctive SS style cap Totenkopf (death's head) skull and cross bones on October 6TH 1934 and introduced the SS pattern national cap eagle in February 1936. After their introductions the skull and eagle were to be worn on all forms of SS headgear. In 1944 the SS developed a single piece of cap insignia which incorporated both the skull and eagle on a one piece trapezoid base for wear on the M43 field cap. Originally these trapezoidal pieces of insignia were produced in a machine woven version until a final, embroidered version was introduced in late 1944. The first versions of the trapezoidal cap insignia featured dual rows of teeth in the skull while later versions only had a single row of teeth. Panzer personnel’s cap trapezoids were produced with a black base to match the color of the cap it was to be worn on.

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