Product Description: This BEVO NSDAP Armband is a great example of this iconic piece of regalia. These BEVO type variants of this pattern, which were machine woven as one piece, are rare and desirable. The body of this armband is made of a red cotton fabric that is the backing material for the woven central roundel on the front. The white roundel and black swastika are perfectly executed by the machine weaving process, and the colors remain strong and eye-catching. The long edges are neatly finished, and the short edges are joined on the reverse with a typical factory seam. This attractive BEVO NSDAP Armband is complete and sound, with no tears or holes. There are just a few very small areas of minor soiling, and extremely minimal age toning. It is in excellent condition, and is a very appealing piece.
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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