Product Description: This Kreis Leiter Eines Amtes Armband is a very desirable piece of regalia, intended for wear by an NSDAP political leader at the Kreis level (roughly equivalent to leadership of a county). This is the 1939-45 pattern, for a political leader in an administrative position. This armband is finely made using top quality materials. The body of the armband is made of a soft red wool, which retains bright original color. The center of the armband is emblazoned with a Bevo woven black swastika on a white roundel, accented with machine embroidery in gold thread. The upper and lower edges of this armband are adorned with golden oak leaves, Bevo woven in wire on a red background. The edges are also piped with white synthetic piping for Kreis level. The ends are not sewn together in the back, which is typical for these political leader armbands. Inside, this Kreis Leiter Eines Amtes Armband retains its original RZM paper tag. This serial numbered tag is pristine and perfect, and is stamped with the manufacturer code of A4/134 for Bandfabrik Ewald Vorsteher, the Bevo factory. The armband is marked inside with a black ink stamped arrow and the word “oben” indicating for the wearer which edge was to be at the top when worn. This armband is in incredible condition, bordering on near mint, with only extremely slight age toning. It would be difficult to find a nicer 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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