Sicherheitspolizei Armband

Condition: Excellent

Pattern: BeVo

SKU: JW3800 Categories , Tags ,


Product Description: This Sicherheitspolizei Armband is a nice example of a very scarce armband type. It’s made of a thin green fabric, the same type of rayon commonly seen on Bevo machine woven insignia. It’s printed with the wording “Im Dienste Der Sicherheitspolizei” (In the Service of the Security Police) in Latin letters, in black ink. The Sicherheitspolizei (SiPo), formed of the combined Gestapo and Kriminalpolizei, was the state political and criminal investigation security apparatus during the Third Reich. The colors of the green fabric and black ink on this armband remain very strong and vibrant. The long edges at the top and bottom have been finished with machine sewn, overlock style stitching, in black thread. The ends are not sewn together in the back. On the inside, this Sicherheitspolizei armband shows expected typical ink bleed-through. There is a small rectangular area of adhesive residue where a tag was attached at one time. The condition of this armband is excellent, with a couple of thin areas with slight fraying on the front and back. It 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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