Product Description: This three piece NSDAP Armband is a choice example of this iconic and desirable piece of regalia. It displays exceptionally well, with bright original color. The body of the armband is made of a typical, tightly woven, bright red cotton fabric. The front of the armband is adorned with a white roundel, which features a black swastika emblem made of ribbed fabric tape. The construction is factory style, with neatly executed straight line machine stitching throughout. Inside, this attractive armband retains the original RZM paper tag. The tag is complete, and virtually pristine, with no damage. The maker code stamped on the tag is A4/275. On the reverse, the ends are sewn together. This armband does not appear to have ever been worn, and looks to be completely unissued. There are no holes or tears. There is some adhesive residue from a price tag, that could be removed. Overall, this Three Piece NSDAP Armband remains in outstanding, near mint 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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