Product Description: This Reichs Mitarbeiter Armband is a very rare NSDAP Political Leader armband for the highest (Reich) level. It was intended for a “Leiter eines Hilfssachgebietes.” It is an extremely high quality object, made of a thick and finely woven wool that retains its original bright red color. The upper and lower edges of the armband are bordered with yellow cello piping, indicating Reich level, as well as golden wire braid. The center of this Reichs Mitarbeiter Armband features a typicasl roundel, with a white ribbed background and multi-piece black ribbed swastika, all accented with beautiful, experttly hand applied gold wire braid. The interior of the armband shows a round white fabric backing that reinforces the roundel and reveals the hand stitching used for the braid. The backing has a penciled number “7” which may be an assembly or control number. The interior also has the original paper RZM tag, with the round Reichszeugmeisterei logo, the correct “C” tax code, and the maker code “M4/91.” The overall condition of this Reichs Mitarbeiter Armband is excellent, with only extremely minor age toning to the white roundel and wire braid accents; it is not sewn together in the rear and does not appear to have ever been worn. It is complete and textbook in all aspects.
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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