Product Description: This is a nice, complete example of a TENO Armband. This pattern of armband was intended to be worn by members of the Technische Nothilfe, an organization tasked with technical civil defense in the Third Reich. It’s machine woven, Bevo construction, with the TENO organizational emblem perfectly rendered in red, white and black thread on a white fabric band. The long edges are neatly finished as part of the machine weaving process, and the short edges are joined together, as this would have been issued, with a typical “French seam.” The woven organizational emblem with large swastika retains strong original color. The white fabric of the armband has a light stain that appears to be a water stain. There are no holes or tears. This TENO Armband displays nicely, and remains in excellent 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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