Product Description: This is an original example of a single piece printed NSDAP Armband. This pattern of armband was worn by members of various political, civil and paramilitary organizations. This armband is constructed of a single piece of thin fabric. The front of the armband features a perfectly executed black Nazi swastika emblem on a white disk, on a red background. The material and printing style are typical of wartime manufacture. This printed NSDAP Armband shows factory style machine stitching throughout, and the short ends are sewn together in the back, as this would have been worn. The armband shows only slight wear and age. The colors are bright, with normal toning and patina as well as some light staining and soiling from use. There are no holes or other damage. This piece displays great, and remains 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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