Product Description: This is a nice example of a printed NSDAP Armband. It’s made of a typical thin white cotton fabric with a plain weave. The design of the armband has been created by printing the white fabric with red and white dye, resulting in a red band with a black swastika on a white roundel. The printing ink bleeds through to the reverse of the fabric, a typical trait of period type printing techniques. The black swastika shows some minor streaking of the die, which is sometimes seen on these printed bands, a result of how they were made. The long edges are neatly folded and finished with straight machine stitching, and the short edges are joined in the reverse with a typical factory type “French seam.” These are popular armbands that have become increasingly difficult to find. This printed NSDAP Armband retains bright original color, and shows no holes, tears or other damage. It’s an eye-catching piece of regalia, that remains in excellent condition.
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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