Measurement: Approximately 3 Inches Tall by 2 Inches Wide
Product Description: This is a great example of the SS Technical Sergeant Sleeve Diamond. It was an occupational assignment badge, and was worn by SS NCOs with the position of “SS Schirrmeister.” These men were responsible for all the vehicles in a unit, whether it was horse-drawn carts, or armored fighting vehicles. They oversaw the repair workshops and everything else that had to do with the unit motorpool. The design of this sleeve diamond features a Latin letter “S”, neatly machine embroidered in silver gray thread on a base of typical SS badge cloth. This SS Technical Sergeant Sleeve Diamond is unissued and unworn, with only very minor age toning, and remains in excellent condition overall. There is no mothing or other damage. It’s probably a post-1943 example, for the Waffen-SS, and never had an RZM tag. It’s extremely clean and would be hard to upgrade.
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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