SS Signals Personnel Sleeve Diamond

Condition: Exc

Measurement: Approximately 3 inches tall by 2 inches wide

SKU: C11025 Category: Tags:


Product Description: This is a great example of the SS Signals Personnel Sleeve Diamond. It’s an enlisted pattern, with the striking “Blitz” (lightning bolt) of German signals units machine embroidered in silver-gray thread. The base is typical SS black wool badge cloth. On the reverse, there is a backing of a thin, coarsely woven fabric. This patch is unissued, and unworn. It’s in excellent overall condition. The overall size is approximately 3 inches tall by 2 inches wide. This is a very evocative piece of SS insignia, with a classic and unmistakably Germanic design, and it displays great. It would be hard to find a better value than this SS Signals Personnel Sleeve Diamond, when it comes to original SS cloth.

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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