Product Description: This Printed Narrow NSDAP Armband is a textbook original piece. It’s typical in every aspect, including the materials and construction. These printed narrow bands are believed by collectors to be later wartime production. This attractive armband is made out of one piece of thin fabric, with a rather loose weave that allows light to pass through. The white fabric is printed with a red color and a black central swastika in a white circle. As is typical of wartime printing, the ink saturates the fabric so that the graphic is visible on the reverse. This piece is entirely machine sewn, with straight stitching. All of the stitching on both sides is white, which is common on this armband style. The short ends are stitched together in the back. This Printed Narrow NSDAP Armband shows strong original color, and only a slight age patina. There are no holes or damage of any kind. The condition rates as excellent 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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