Product Description: This BEVO NSDAP Armband is a great example of an increasingly hard-to-find piece of insignia. This pattern of armband was worn by a variety of Nazi organizations. This desirable variant was Bevo machine woven as a single piece of fabric. The black swastika and white roundel is an integral part of the armband, with the red backing fabric making up the armband body. This attractive armband boasts strong original color. It shows only a few very small areas of minor soiling, with minimal age toning to the white fibers. The short ends of this armband are sewn together on the reverse with a typical factory type seam, using machine stitching. Inside this BEVO NSDAP Armband, the typical details of the machine woven construction are visible. These full Bevo armbands are not common and are particularly desirable. This one displays great, and is in excellent plus condition.
Historical Description: Nearly every military, civil, political, and paramilitary organization in existence during the Third Reich used armbands. Armbands were worn on military and civilian uniforms and also on civilian clothes, from suit jackets to work clothing. They were used to denote membership in organizations, to indicate a specific role or function of the bearer, and as insignia of rank. Many organizations would change the design of their armbands over time, which added to the variety produced. These were manufactured in countless variations, ranging from simple printed bands to elaborately hand-embroidered pieces of the highest quality. Some Nazi armbands were worn by all members of large organizations and were made by the millions. Others were intended for use at a specific time and place and were unique. Many types were made in very limited numbers. Some bore metal insignia or special identifiers that indicated the wearer’s rank, unit affiliation, or nationality. Armbands were sometimes but not always marked with ink stamps by the issuing authorities.
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