State Service Armband

Condition: Near Mint


SKU: Y301 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This pristine State Service Armband is a virtually perfect example of this attractive armband. It is Bevo machine woven construction, and features a large, bold German national eagle and swastika emblem, in black thread, on a white background. The upper and lower edges of this State Service Armband are finished as part of the machine weaving process, as one expects to see with this armband type. It is sewn together in the rear, as it would have been issued. The inside of the armband shows the typical negative image of the Bevo woven design. The colors of this armband remain strong and bright, and the cotton fabric is clean and crisp, with only the slightest hint of age toning. This State Service Armband is textbook in every respect, and has a striking look.



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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