German Hitler Youth Armband

Condition: Very Good


SKU: JW6106 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This German Hitler Youth Armband is a textbook, original example of the popular armband style. The band itself is machine woven, Bevo-style construction, with a central white stripe woven into a red field. The center of the front of the armband is adorned with the diamond-shaped swastika emblem of the Hitlerjugend, which is also machine woven. This emblem is neatly stitched to the armband with straight machine stitching in white thread. This armband appears to have been worn on a uniform, with some tiny snags on the woven top and bottom edges, presumably showing where it was stitched to a uniform sleeve. There is some age toning, staining, and a couple of small holes on the reverse and front. Overall, this attractive armband remains in very good 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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