Product Description: This NSDAP Bevo Armband is a worn and likely uniform-removed piece. This is a less common style of NSDAP armband to encounter. It’s made of thin red fabric, with a black and white swastika roundel Bevo machine woven on the front. This roundel style has a bold look, and is a desirable original variant. One long edge of this armband has a woven border, while the other edge is finished with machine stitching; some of this edge has been cut away, perhaps from being roughly removed from a uniform by a souvenir hunter. The ends of this NSDAP Bevo armband are sewn together in the back. Inside, the swastika is visible in reverse, a typical result of the machine weaving construction process. This armband shows light wear, with age and usage toning, but no significant staining. It remains in very good 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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