Does your tunic ever rub you the wrong way? These are original kragenbinde, or collar liners, that button into your tunic and provide a soft barrier between you and your wool collar. These are unissued originals in overall good condition with some minor storage wear and dirt. These were still bundled together in groups of 40 with strips of cloth (some strips of SS camo). One collar in each bundle was marked VA1939 which is an early SS marking. The collars appear to have been standard feldgrau on white at one time and then they were batch dyed black. Possibly a change in regulations to reduce the visibility of the white cloth in the field as many soldiers wore their collars open which showed the white of the collar liner. Attached is an original barracks photo that shows a dyed collar liner in the lower right hand corner.
The price is for one collar liner (choose your size from the drop-down menu, sizing info listed below).
The photos are a fair representation for what you will receive. These are generally a black color and all early SS-VT kragenbinde although they are generally unmarked. We did have 2 (VA 1939) marked collars but we are keeping those as examples. This will not only make your tunic more comfortable and hygienic, but it will also help keep the tunic clean. Regulations state that you are to remove and wash the collar liner on a daily basis.
Warning: you might have to do some sewing! The buttons in your tunic may need to be moved to install your collar liner. To wear this liner, you button it in the tunic using the three back neck buttons, then when you button your tunic up, you cross the liner over itself and button it using the button and button hole on the liner itself. You can also simply let it hang out when your collar is worn in the open position or button it to your tunic using the lower most buttons located inside the tunic near the upper chest or throat area.
THESE ARE SIZED. Measure your neck with metric cloth tape measure. Whatever your neck measures, go about 1 centimeter larger. We have several sizes: 37cm, 39cm, 41cm, 43cm, and 45cm. If it does not quite fit, you can move the button a bit or simply tuck the loose ends in and never button it. Wearing it floppy and open is fairly common in original photographs.
The markings vary from piece to piece, some are marked inside with number like 41 43 or 45, sorry, no choice. Sometimes, the markings inside do not match the actual size of the collar, we measured each and every one to ensure a good fit. The collars likely were the size they are marked with at one time but then they probably shrunk when they were dyed. Some of the 45cm ones are a tad big and may be 46cm (even though they are marked 45). The size 45 cm collars are probably the ones in the best condition.