SS Former Member of the Police Sleeve Diamond

Condition: Exc /NM

Measurement: Approximately 2 3/4 Inches Tall  by 1 3/4 Inches Wide

SKU: C11038 Category: Tags:


Product Description: This is a very nice and attractive SS Former Member of the Police Sleeve Diamond. This was one of a series of SS sleeve diamonds used to distinguish SS personnel who had previously served in other Nazi organizations. This one is constructed just like a collar tab. The wreathed eagle and swastika is Bevo woven in gray on a black rayon backing, and this is wrapped around a textbook tan buckram stiffener. Bevo machine weaving is capable of very detailed designs, and this one has a lot of eye appeal. It measures about 2-3/4 inches tall by 1-3/4 inches wide, and is in near mint condition. It is unissued and unworn. This SS Former Member of the Police Sleeve Diamond was originally purchased from Bob Hritz.It would likely be impossible to upgrade, and would grace any SS or Polizei insignia collection.

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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