Product Description: This NSDAP Gau Leiter Armband is a very desirable piece, for a rather high level Nazi political leader. This is a 1939-45 pattern armband, for administrative leaders. It’s made of very fine, high quality red wool. The white roundel and multi-piece black swastika are made of a typical ribbed material, with twisted gold wire piping. The long top and bottom edges of the armband have Bevo woven flat wire gold oak leaves, as well as burgundy colored rayon piping indicating “Leiter eine Stelle” at Gau (District) level. The short ends are not sewn together in the back. On the reverse of this NSDAP Gau Leiter Armband, the hand stitching used to apply the gold wire to the swastika is visible, with a thin white backing fabric to the roundel. There is a marking on the reverse, near the edge; “XXII F 45” has been written in ink. This armband is complete, and in excellent condition overall. There is some toning to the white roundel, and some very minor fading and inset dirt, but no moth nips or other damage. It’s a nice example of a scarce armband, that displays very well.
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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