Product Description: This Chain Stitch State Service Armband is a really nice variant of this armband type. These are normally Bevo, machine woven construction; this chain-stitched type is much more rarely found. It’s made of a yellow cotton fabric. The black eagle on the front is a separate piece that has been applied using bright yellow machine-applied chain stitching. The chain stitching is neatly done, and was used to create the details of the design. The swastika is chain stitched as well, in black thread. The yellow fabric is folded over and stitched together inside, which protects the rear of the embroidery. This Chain Stitch State Service Armband is also sewn together in the back, as it was would have been worn. The yellow fabric and the embroidery all retain bright, original color. There is a small tear on the rear, near the top edge. There are also a couple of areas of fraying on the front, where it looks like the fabric might have snagged on something. This is a rare and desirable armband variant, with lots of visual appeal.
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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