Product Description: This Narrow NSDAP Armband is a textbook example of this interesting original armband style. These were definitely made before 1945, and likely were introduced late in WWII, though their exact function is as yet unknown. It is printed, as all of these were, and features a black swastika within a white disk, on a red field. The ink used to print this soaked through the fabric like a dye, and the design is visible on the reverse- a typical trait of wartime fabric printing. The original colors remain nice and bright, and the fabric is a thin, typical woven cotton material. The top and bottom of the armband are simply folded over and finished with red machine stitching. The ends of this narrow NSDAP armband are not sewn together in the back, and the cut ends of the fabric have frayed slightly. There is no staining, no holes or other condition issues. This piece displays very well and is in a very strong excellent 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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