WWII Late War Schutz Staffel SS Printed Version Arm Eagle

£350.00




A very rare, possibly unique, very late war, black printed on light sand material SS sleeve eagle with outstretched wings, similar to the woven design pattern.

The eagle has a second edge of dots that are the template for the cutting and folding edge. The eagle is in very good condition, although it has been sewn onto a tunic and removed. The machine stitching is still present and displays the very fast and loose appearance. Examples of the Totenkopf skull, of similar construction, have been found, but we are unaware of another arm eagle.

The first pattern SS sleeve eagle was officially introduced in May 1936 although photographic evidence indicates that it was in use as early as the summer of 1935. Shortly after its official introduction the eagle underwent minor modifications resulting in the second pattern that was worn for the duration of the war. These second pattern eagles were originally issued in a hand embroidered version for Officer’s ranks and a machine embroidered version for EM/NCO’s until a machine woven version was introduced in 1939. In late 1944 a final pattern SS sleeve eagle in printed form was introduced for EM/NCO’s on the newly introduced M44 field blouse.

Size: 9.5 x 4.5 cm (3 ¾ x 1 ¾ inches)
Weight: 1 g