Product Description: This is an attractive and rare SS Technical Officer Sleeve Diamond. This pattern was for an occupational assignment, it was worn by “SS-Führer im technischen Dienst” (SS Leaders in Technical Service). This one is for an officer rank. The cogwheel emblem is executed in hand-embroidered bullion wire, that shows minor wear from use. The base is made of typical black SS wool badge cloth, edged in twisted aluminum wire piping (indicating officer rank). The overall size of this is approximately 2-3/4 inches tall, by 1-3/4 inches wide. The reverse is complete with its original SS RZM paper tag, with an “F” tax code. The tag has a couple of tears and typical age toning but is mostly intact. This SS Technical Officer Sleeve Diamond appears to have been worn on a uniform and shows light, honest wear, but absolutely no mothing or other damage. It remains in excellent overall condition. It’s a great example of the hard to find SS Technical Officer Sleeve Diamond.
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