Product Description: This is a very attractive and textbook original example of the standard Hitler Youth armband. It is in excellent condition. It’s made of cotton, with a white central stripe that is separately applied. The diamond Hitler Youth swastika emblem is the normal Bevo machine woven version, factory machine sewn to the band. This Hitler Youth armband is worn, and shows some use and aging. There is some age toning, and small stains, but no holes or other damage. There are a couple of small traces of dark blue stitches along the edges, that were once used to affix this to a uniform, presumably the winter uniform. The armband is still sewn together on the reverse, the materials and stitching on this are exactly what one would expect to see on an original armband of this type. It’s a small size, having been worn by a child. Nice representative example.
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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