Product Description: This is an outstanding example of a rare NSDAP Bevo Armband. This desirable pattern of NSDAP armband was machine woven as a single piece of fabric. The red cotton backing fabric of the woven emblem forms the body of the armband. The front of this attractive armband features a perfectly woven white roundel with black swastika. It’s fresh and pristine, with colors that remain as bright as they were when new. The short edges of this armband are factory machine sewn together in the reverse, as this would have been when issued- but it’s likely this example was never issued or worn. The fabric is crisp and clean throughout, with no soiling, and no holes or damage of any kind. This NSDAP Bevo Armband would likely be impossible to upgrade. It is in exceptional, near mint 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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