Product Description: This period altered Veterans Organization Armband is a really interesting and unique object, obviously worn and used, and altered by the owner as regulations changed over time. This started off as a pre-Third Reich veterans armband, with a machine sewn Bevo emblem. This was later upgraded during the period by the wearer, with a Third Reich style Kyffhäuserbund veterans organization patch. This patch is Bevo, machine woven construction, in the black, white and red national colors of Nazi Germany, and features the Kyffhäuser monument over a German national swastika emblem. The patch is rather roughly hand sewn right on top of the original factory applied previous emblem. The body of this period altered Veterans Organization armband is made of black wool. On the reverse, the short ends of the armband are hand sewn together, likely by the original wearer. The overall condition of this period upgraded armband is excellent, with traces of wear, and some toning and small pin holes to the Bevo emblem. It would be hard to find another one like it.
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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