Product Description: This NSDAP printed armband is an attractive example of the less common, printed variant, with eye-catching and bright original color. It features a black German swastika emblem on a white roundel, superimposed on a red field. It is printed construction, and likely of rather late, wartime manufacture. It is finished in the back, and most likely was issued. The upper and lower edges are finished with red machine stitching. Very light staining in the lower right areas in the white roundel. Marked on the inside M/36. This NSDAP printed armband has a bold and striking look, is textbook in all aspects, and is in very good condition overall.
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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