Product Description: This SA Wehrmannschaft Armband is an outstanding example, that would be hard to upgrade. This pattern of armband was worn by members of the SA organization tasked with paramilitary training. The body of the armband is made of a typical thin cotton fabric, which retains bright original red color. The center of the front of the armband is adorned with a Bevo machine woven roundel that features a sword and swastika surrounded by a wreath, executed in brown and gold thread on a white backing. This roundel is neatly machine stitched to the armband. The edges of the armband are finished with factory machine stitching, and the ends are sewn together on the reverse. Inside, this SA Wehrmannschaft Armband is complete with its original paper RZM tag. The tag is perfect, complete and fresh, with a “B” tax code and the stamped maker code A4/23. This armband does not appear to ever have been worn, and is crisp and clean, with no tears or holes. There is a tiny pen mark on the front lower left. Overall, this attractive armband remains in excellent plus condition.
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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