RKB Member Armband

Condition: Very Good

SKU: Y317 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This is a nice example of the RKB Armband. This pattern of armband was worn during the Third Reich by members of the NS-Reichskriegerbund, a Nazi organization made up of WWI veterans. The armband is emblazoned with a Bevo machine woven patch with the organizational emblem of the Reichskriegerbund: a black Iron Cross on a red shield, superimposed by a black swastika. The shield patch retains bold original color and is neatly zig-zag machine stitched to the body of the armband, which is made of dark blue wool. The wool part of the armband has some minor moth tracking and grazing to the nap, and a few very small, scattered, pinhead-sized holes. This RKB Armband has not been sewn together in the back, and shows no sign of ever having been actually worn. Inside, there are some small spots with traces of old adhesive, suggesting this may have been mounted in a scrapbook at one time. The overall condition remains very good.




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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