Three Piece NSDAP Armband

Condition: Very Good

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Product Description: This three piece NSDAP Armband is a one-look original. It’s a desirable, early, high-quality piece. The band itself is made of a finely woven dark red wool, that retains bold original color. It features a typical white roundel made of a ribbed fabric. The swastika is formed from two pieces of ribbed black tape. All of the stitching is neatly machine done, as one would expect. This three piece NSDAP armband is very obviously used. It shows nap wear to the wool, and retains some traces of hand stitching (black thread) that would have been used to affix this to a uniform sleeve. This piece also shows its age, with mothing throughout, and some holes here and there. There is some old black paint in a few spots, and one side of the roundel has started to separate slightly. The roundel has age toning and what looks like an ink stain as well. Inside, traces of the original RZM paper tag are still present. This armband remains in very good condition overall.



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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