Product Description: This is a nice original example of the armband type known to collectors as the SA Sports Armband. This was in fact intended for wear by members of the SA-Wehrmannschaft, an SA organization that conducted paramilitary training. These are usually found in unissued condition; this one appears to be a worn piece. It’s made out of thin red cotton fabric, with a machine applied, Bevo machine woven roundel that depicts the SA Sports Badge in brown and gold thread. The roundel is missing some threads in a few spots, perhaps from wear. The long edges of this armband are finished with machine stitching, and the ends are also joined in the back, with a typical “French seam.” This SA Sports Armband retains great original color, with even age and usage toning throughout, but no holes or tears. There is no RZM tag inside. It is an eye-catching armband, that displays very well.
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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