Product Description: This US Red Cross Armband is a nice, original example. It’s made out of a fairly coarse cotton fabric with a twill weave. The front of the armband features a Red Cross emblem made out of a single piece of fabric. This emblem is neatly affixed to the body of the armband with zig-zag machine stitching. This armband is finished on all sides, and the ends are not joined in the rear, which is typical for these. The back of the armband features two sets of numbers that have been stamped in black ink. This armband appears to be one that was issued and used. It shows normal age toning and slight staining on the back, but no rips, holes or major damage to note. This US Red Cross Armband 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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