Early Wool NSDAP Armband

Condition: Excellent

Base Material: Wool

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Product Description: This early wool NSDAP armband is a great example of this desirable and iconic piece of regalia. The body of the armband is made of a typical fine wool fabric, that retains bright and eye-catching original color. The swastika and roundel are textbook, made of a ribbed material, and all joined together with factory style straight machine stitching. The white fibers of the roundel show only light toning from age. This attractive, high quality three piece armband appears to have been worn on a tunic. The short edges were joined in the rear, and are still connected, although this seam has started to come apart, possibly from when it was removed from a sleeve. There are no stains or tears to note, but there are some small, pinhead-sized moth nips on the front and back. This early wool NSDAP armband displays very nicely, and remains in excellent overall 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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