German State Service Armband

Condition: Very Good

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Product Description: This German State Service Armband is an interesting example, a variant type made using embroidery. The German national eagle and swastika emblem (a visually very striking version of this design) is very neatly embroidered in black thread, on a yellow band. The front of the yellow cloth band is heavily sun faded, though the back side retains the original bright yellow color. This German State Service Armband is sewn together in the back and also finished with stitching at the top and bottom edges. Inside, a coarse white material gives support to the embroidered emblem. This embroidered variant of the German State Service Armband is much less common than the Bevo woven style.

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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