Beautiful A4 sized letter that accompanied freshly awarded SS Honor Ring (The SS-Ehrenring unofficially called Totenkopfring). It features Heinrich Himmler's signature. And may be personalized for you. When ordering personalization please provide:
- SS rank,
- SS number,
- and date of award
They will be typed on an original SS-typewriter (Groma).
It's available in 3 versions:
- very early 1933-35 (SS runes in text represented with double "S", issued still from Munich)
- early 1936-41 (fraktur font, issued from Berlin)
- late version 1942-45 (Roman font)
The rings were't awarded on just any day. These are the confirmed historically correct dates:
- 1933: 24 Dec
- 1934: 30 Jun (not sure about 21.3, 21.6, 30.6)
- 1936: 30 Jan (not sure about 7.3)
- 1936-1944: 20.4 (Hitler's b-day), 21.6 (Summer Solstice), 9.11 (Beer Hall Putsch), 21.12 (Winter Solstice)
Story of Totenkopfring: a personal gift bestowed by Himmler. The ring was initially presented to senior officers of the Old Guard (of which there were fewer than 5,000). By 1939, it was available to any officer with 3 years service in the SS, and in World War II virtually the entire SS leadership, including the Waffen-SS and Gestapo, had been given the ring. Each ring had the recipient's name, the award date, and Himmler's signature engraved on the interior. The ring came with an award letter from Himmler. It was to only be worn on the left hand, on the "ring finger". If an SS member was dismissed or retired from the service, his ring had to be returned. In the letter, Himmler wrote that the ring was a "reminder at all times to be willing to risk the life of our selves for the life of the whole".