Product Description: This DAF Deutsche Arbeitsfront Armband is a fantastic example of this desirable and scarcely encountered armband type. It is a typical Bevo machine woven style, with the toothed wheel and swastika organizational emblem of the DAF in black thread on a light blue armband. The condition of this is excellent, clean and crisp, with only very slight age toning, and bright original color. It does not appear to have been issued. The front of this armband has a great, still legible ink stamp of a DAF unit. The construction of this DAF Deutsche Arbeitsfront Armband is textbook in all aspects, sewn together in the back, with woven selvage edges on the top and bottom. The maker code “26” is woven near the rear seam. The gear wheel and swastika is visible in reverse on the inside. It would be hard to find a nicer example of a DAF armband.
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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