Product Description: This NSDAP Three Piece Armband has a great look, and is complete with its original RZM paper tag. This is a high-quality and probably early example, made of a finely woven, dark red wool. The original red color remains bright. This armband features a white roundel, made of a typical ribbed fabric, and a black swastika made of two pieces of ribbed black tape, constructed with machine stitching. The upper and lower edges are finished with machine stitching as well. It is not sewn together in the back. Inside, this NSDAP three piece armband has an RZM tag with a stamped maker code. The tag has the round logo of the Reichszeugmeisterei and a “D” tax code. There are a couple of moth nips to the red wool fabric, with one pencil eraser sized hole close to the roundel. This armband has great colors, displays well and is in excellent 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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