NSDAP Armband

Condition: Excellent

SKU: JW5706 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This NSDAP Armband is an outstanding original example of this iconic and desirable piece of regalia. This armband is a two-piece style, with a Bevo style, machine woven roundel, that has been machine stitched to the red armband. The roundel is clean, with tight factory style zig-zag stitching all the way around. The body of the armband is made of a thin red cotton fabric which shows slight fading and some small scattered stains. It’s sewn together in the reverse and also neatly finished along the long edges with typical machine straight stitching. This armband is one that was period worn, with some light tan stitches still present from when this was sewn on (likely to a political tunic or brownshirt). The inside of this NSDAP Armband shows the bobbin thread from the roundel attachment stitching. These popular armbands have become increasingly hard to find in recent years. The condition of this one rates as excellent.



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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