Condition: Exc /NM
Measurement: Approximately 3 1/4 Inches Tall by 2 1/4 Inches Wide
Product Description: This desirable SS Armorer NCO Sleeve Diamond is unissued and in near mint condition. This pattern of sleeve diamond was for the occupational assignment of “SS-Waffenunterführer,” or SS Armorer of NCO rank. This is the second pattern, introduced in 1937 and used until the ensd of the war. This is a textbook example that measures about 3-1/4 inches tall, and 2-1/4 inches wide. The crossed rifle and machine gun emblem is machine embroidered in white thread, on a base of typical SS black wool material. The reverse shows the expected buckram stiffener, and does not appear to have ever had any RZM or manufacturer label. This example has never been on a uniform, and shows no mothing, no wear or damage of any kind. The wool retains all of its original nap. This SS Armorer NCO Sleeve Diamond is very attractive.
Historical Description: The uniforms worn by the various SS branches before and during WWII used a variety of insignia to indicate rank, unit assignment, and role, including collar tabs and shoulder boards, cuff titles, and sleeve diamonds. The sleeve diamonds were initially authorized in October 1935. Each had a distinctive letter, symbol or emblem, with its own unique meaning. SS sleeve diamonds were used to indicate which SS organization the wearer was assigned to, specific roles of SS personnel, special achievements such as proficiency in sports or marksmanship, or to recognize former service in other Nazi Party organizations. Some diamonds were specific to certain SS branches, such as the Allgemeine-SS, Waffen-SS, or the SS-Totenkopfverbände. Other sleeve diamonds could be worn by a member of any SS branch. The materials and construction of original sleeve diamonds varied. Some were either hand-embroidered or machine-embroidered on black wool, while others were “Bevo” machine woven on a rayon base. Generally, silver-gray thread embroidery was used for enlisted ranks and NCOs, while officers wore hand embroidered wire bullion. Diamonds could be edged with silver-colored twisted wire cord for officers, or black and silver twisted cord for NCOs. Originals existed with paper or cloth RZM tags on the reverse, or were unlabeled. In total, there were dozens of different types and variations of these made between 1935-45. Some were produced in limited numbers, and others are more commonly encountered today, but all are desirable and collectible pieces of SS regalia.
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