Luftschutz NSDAP Armband

Condition: Near Mint

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Product Description: This Luftschutz NSDAP Armband is a rare original, that remains in stunning, near mint condition. It is an early pattern of armband from the beginnings of the Nazi Party’s air raid defense program. The construction of this Luftschutz NSDAP Armband is printed, as is typical for these, and features the wording “Luftschutz NSDAP” in Gothic script, in white on a turquoise colored cotton band. The top and bottom edges as well as the reverse are finished with lime green colored machine stitching. The interior of this Luftschutz NSDAP Armband is clearly marked with a crisp ink stamp that reads (in part) “Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, Amt f. Volkswohlfahrt” with a German national eagle and swastika emblem, indicating issue by the social welfare department of the Nazi party. This armband exhibits only very minor, even age toning and has no holes, stains or other damage. It does not appear to have ever been worn. It would likely be impossible to upgrade this desirable armband.



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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