Product Description: This Early NSDAP Ortsgruppen Armband is a really interesting and rare piece. It’s made of a soft, red fabric, with a machine applied, Bevo machine woven swastika roundel, likely constructed of rayon. The upper and lower edges each have two strips of sky blue synthetic piping, indicating political leadership at the Ortsgruppe level. This blue piping is neatly hand-sewn to the armband. The ends of this Early NSDAP Ortsgruppen Armband are machine sewn together in the back; parts of this machine-sewn seam were opened to affix the piping, and then neatly hand sewn back into place. The overall condition of this desirable early armband is excellent, with only very slight age toning to the white fabric of the swastika roundel. It has appealing, unique character, and displays great.
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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