Product Description: This Near Mint HJ Armband is a textbook original example of the standard armband worn by members of the Hitlerjugend organization. The front of the armband is adorned with the diamond shaped swastika emblem used by the HJ, which is a typical Bevo machine woven version. This emblem is factory affixed to the body of the armband with straight machine stitching. The armband body is also Bevo machine woven, made of a thin red fabric with a woven white central stripe. The long edges of the armband are finished with a machine woven edge, and the short edges are not joined. This armband is complete and sound, with no holes or damage. The red and black colors remain strong with no fading. There is a RZM tag. Overall, the condition rates near mint for this Near Mint HJ 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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