Product Description: This three piece NSDAP Armband is a really nice example of this iconic and popular armband style. This is a one-look original piece, entirely textbook with regard to materials and construction. The body of the armband is made of a fairly thin red fabric, that retains strong original color. This same fabric was often used for national flags during the Third Reich. The front of the armband has a nicely executed swastika emblem made of two pieces of neatly folded black cloth tape, machine stitched to a white fabric roundel. The roundel is affixed to the armband with zig-zag machine stitching, in white thread. The inside of this three piece NSDAP Armband shows the bobbin thread from the roundel stitching, and retains the original RZM paper tag. The tab is complete, with a “B” code printed in blue ink, and the stamped maker code “A4/66.” The short ends are sewn together in the reverse. This armand shows light wear and age. There is one pinhead-sized hole in the white roundel, as well as very light speckling and traces of soiling throughout. It remains in excellent 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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