RLB Officer Armband – 2nd Pattern

Condition: Very Good

Maker: Marked 31

SKU: C11312 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This RLB Officer Armband – 2nd Pattern is a really cool example. It’s Bevo woven, with a white central circle on a light blue armband with white edging at the top and bottom. The white central circle is stamped or printed with the second pattern of the Reichsluftschutzbund organizational emblem, a large swastika superimposed on a sunburst. This RLB Officer Armband – 2nd Pattern is complete, and sewn together in the back. The number “31,” a manufacturer code, is woven near the rear seam. This armband shows its age, with some scattered discoloration and rust-colored staining. It has a few minor wrinkles, and appears to be an issued and worn example. The combination of printing and machine weaving used to construct this is an interesting variant style, not usually seen. This RLB Officer Armband – 2nd Pattern remains in very good 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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