Star (cube, pip) for the SS collar tabs. Produced using 3D modeling (scanning) of the original sample.
These were used on collar tabs for ranks from the SS-Unterscharführer (corresponds to the non-commissioned officer) to the SS-Obersturmbannführer (corresponds to the lieutenant colonel), that is, SS non-commissioned officers and SS officers. A feature of the SS stars was their size: 1 cm on the side or 14.5 mm diagonally. They were smaller than the stars for shoulder boards, to be nicely arranged and easy to see on the SS collar tab. Stars of this size were also used in other organizations of the Third Reich, for example, in SA (gold) and DRK (blue, silver, gold).
The stars are made of a copper alloy with a thick color metal coating that does not peel off and does not chip. We specially sawed a star’s foot with a hacksaw, it took some time to get to the base metal. The stars are strong and with a very well-designed pattern, legs 20 mm long, 2 mm wide and 0.75 mm thick are brazed to the head, very durable, but mild.
We offer the following colors:
-silver (classic matte silver color, perfect for officer collar tabs);
-silver with a patina (dull matte silver color with shaded black indentations, will look good with the field uniform of non-commissioned officers);
-gold (shiny, for SA collar tabs, etc.).
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Pips (stars) for shoulder straps and collar tabs of the German army of the Third Reich were performed in various techniques and from various materials. Zinc casting; stamping from zinc or copper, brass, cupal; aluminum forging; soldered legs, legs along with a star (along the edges at the ends of the beams), legs riveted or sandwiched in a hat, legs made of wire; legs made of brass, copper, aluminum... Stars did not change after the war. Below are a few examples of the original stars, photos from germanmilitaria.com.
Brass stamped pips (copper alloy) with soldered legs (like ours).
Pips on the SS collar tab made of copper with a metallic silver coating (like ours).
Pips on SS eyelets obtained by casting zinc with legs pressed in the head.
Pip made of aluminum alloy with copper legs pressed into the head.
Medical assistants (Helferin) of the German Red Cross (Deutsches Rotes Kreuz, DRK) wore small stars in the corners of the collars of blouses, tunics and overcoats by 1-3 pieces. These stars, depending on their status, had three colors — blue, silver and golden. Photo and description: Andrey Medvedev.
Until 1937, the rank was read from the sleeve cuff, on which there were stars in the form of "flowers". The Nazis unified the DRK according to a single standard and brought the structure and tasks to the needs of the Heer medical service and to rear structures similar to civil and air defense. Formally, remaining a civic organization of volunteers, the DRK inherited a strictly vertical hierarchy, subordination on the basis of the führership and territoriality, combined with the military districts of the Reich. Therefore, special attention was paid to the unity of form according to army principles. The headcount of the DRK by 1943 reached 1.5 million members. A large proportion were assistants — helperin.