Product Description: This Early Wool NSDAP Armband is a one-look original piece. It’s made of a top-quality, finely woven red wool fabric. This is the typical three-piece style that was normally used on these early wool armbands. It has a multi-piece black swastika, machine stitched to a white roundel made of ribbed fabric, which is itself machine stitched to the red fabric. This Early Wool NSDAP Armband is one that was obviously worn and used. It has some slight fading and toning to the exterior, and a few traces of stitches on the top and bottom edges, that once affixed this to a uniform sleeve. The interior of the armband reveals the somewhat brighter, original red color of the wool, and also an old paper tag with an inked name- very possibly the name of the GI who took this as a souvenir. This armband shows its age, with a few small moth holes, but remains complete and in overall excellent condition. It 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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