Product Description: This rare Waffen-SS Armband is a choice example of an extremely desirable armband type. It’s clean, still fairly crisp, and shows no indication of ever having been worn. This armband is constructed with Bevo machine weaving, which is the only construction style accepted on original pieces. It’s made of yellow cotton fabric, with the wording “Waffen-SS” woven in black thread. The colors remain bold on this one, with only slight age toning. The top and bottom of this rare armband have typical woven edges, and the ends are neatly folded and sewn together in the back with the original factory straight machine stitching. Inside, this rare Waffen-SS armband shows details of the woven construction. Each corner of this armband has a very small pin hole from being mounted for display at some point in the past. There are no stains or rips, and this tough to find SS armband remains complete, and 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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