Product Description: This is a desirable, early SA Reserve Armband. The armband is made of a red, woven wool fabric that retains original, bright color. It features a multi-piece black swastika, that is machine stitched to a white roundel, which is itself machine stitched to the wool armband. The upper and lower edges of this SA Reserve Armband have a gray metallic Tresse, machine stitched to the armband. The Tresse has undoubtedly always been there, and was applied before the armband was stitched together in the back. Inside, an original RZM paper tag is present. The RZM tag has the round logo of the Reichszeugmeisterei, a “B” tax code, and the manufacturer code M4/40, indicating manufacture by the firm of Giesse & Schmidt, Ruhla (Thuringen). The tag is complete, with normal age toning, but may not be original to this armband. The overall condition of this SA Reserve Armband is very good. There is some mothing, with scattered, pinhead-sized holes here and there, as well as normal age and usage toning. It’s a nice, representative example of this scarce armband.
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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