Product Description: This scarce NSDAP Kreis Level Administration Political Leader’s Armband is in a very strong excellent condition. It’s a post-1938 pattern for a Nazi Party district leader. There is no moth damage. The front of this impressive piece features a Bevo machine woven swastika roundel, accentuated with embroidery in gold thread, that has been machine stitched with gold thread onto a wide band of fine red wool. The original color is strong throughout. The long edges of the armband are finished with white piping, indicating Kreis level, as well as beautiful bands of oak leaves woven in red thread and golden wire. This NSDAP Kreis Level Administration Political Leader’s Armband has some traces of hand stitching on the back, that presumably was used to affix this to the sleeve of a Nazi party official. There are no condition issues to note beyond extremely slight age and usage toning. This is a really nice example of a very desirable and hard to find 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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