Product Description: First pattern, (circa 1933-1939), mid-blue cotton construction Officer RLB Armband features a machine embroidered first pattern RLB emblem to the obverse center. The RLB emblem is in the form of a forty-eight point white star burst pattern base with stylized, navy blue initials, “RLB” to the center positioned above a small, canted, navy blue swastika. Both the top and bottom edges of the armband are trimmed in woven wire tress, signifying Officers’ ranks. Very small tear on the front top left below wire tress about 1/4 inch in length. Also on the reverse top right corner on the wire tress is some fraying to the silver bullion. The reverse of armband has a central, vertical, machine stitched seam. Marked along the reverse seam, BEVO BARMEN GES GERCH. Very nice example.
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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