Product Description: This is a near-perfect example of the SS Reichsführer Personal Staff Sleeve Diamond. It’s a very impressive and scarce piece of SS regalia. This patch was intended to be worn by SS personnel with an occupational assignment to the “Personlicher Stab Reichsführer-SS” (Personal Staff of the Reichsführer-SS) in the department of “Presse und Kriegswirtschaft” (Press & War Economy). These men worked directly under Heinrich Himmler personally. This attractive diamond bears an SS eagle, similar to an SS sleeve eagle with truncated wings. It’s neatly machine embroidered in silver-gray thread on a black wool base. The reverse of this has a layer of thin glue that is textbook for these. It’s also complete with its original RZM tag, which dates this to 1943 or earlier. The tag bears the runic emblem of the SS, as well as the RZM logo, the stamped numerical code of the manufacturer, and a “B” tax code. The tag is crisp and almost perfect. This SS Reichsführer Personal Staff Sleeve Diamond measures about 3 inches tall and 2 inches wide. It is unissued, and shows only extremely minor age toning. It’s a very desirable piece of SS insignia, with the distinctive SS eagle, and is in excellent condition.
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.
We are the leading team of military antique specialists. We have specialized in military antiques for over 25 years.
Epic Artifacts offers free evaluations and the highest prices available for your collectibles.
We purchase single items, entire collections, or family estates.
Click the link here to learn more: Free Evaluation or Inquiries
or feel free to email us directly: firstname.lastname@example.org