Product Description: This is a great example of a rare SS Economic and Administrative Office Sleeve Diamond. This was a piece of insignia that showed assignment to a specific SS organization. It was worn by members of the SS-Wirtschafts-Verwaltungshauptamt (Economic and Administrative Central Office) – Gruppe Wirtshaftsbetriebe (Economic Enterprises Group). This organization was tasked with exploitation of concentration camp slave labor and other resources that were under SS control. The SS Economic and Administrative Office Sleeve Diamond features an eight-pointed star surmounting a large Latin “W.” These are machine embroidered in silver-white thread, on a base of black wool fabric. The construction and materials are textbook in all respects. It has no mothing, does not appear to have ever been worn or used, and is in excellent condition. It measures about 3 inches tall by 2 inches wide. This SS Economic and Administrative Office Sleeve Diamond was originally purchased from John Telesmanich of German War Booty. It is likely as nice of an example as one could find.
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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