Product Description: This is an attractive example of a classic NSDAP Printed Armband. This pattern of armband, with a black swastika in a white roundel on a red field, was worn on uniforms and also civilian clothing by members of a variety of Nazi organizations. This one is a simple, printed version, made out of a typical, thin white cotton material. It’s neatly constructed, with red machine stitching along the top and bottom edges. The ends are also sewn together on the back side, and it’s folded on the back as well. This NSDAP printed armband retains bold original colors, with only minor age toning to the white field near one of the arms of the swastika. Inside, the red and black ink has bled through to the reverse of the material, a typical trait of period printing processes. There are no holes or other damage. This is a nice piece, and is in excellent plus 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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