White Werkschutz Armband

Condition: Excellent

Base Material: Cotton

SKU: JW3805 Category: Tags:


Product Description: This white Werkschutz Armband is a clean example of a scarce armband. It’s made of a thin, white cotton fabric. The front of the armband has been printed with the word “Werkschutz” (Factory Protection) in large Latin letters. Members of the Werkschutz formed a sort of factory protection organization, employed by German factories but controlled by the Air Ministry; these personnel wore a variety of different types of armbands and other insignia for identification. The inside of this white Werkschutz Armband shows typical ink bleed-through. The edges are finished with straight machine stitching, and the ends are joined on the reverse in a typical “French seam.” This armband shows little or no evident wear, no tears or holes, and only slight age toning. There is one small round area on the reverse with some adhesive residue, probably from an old price tag. Overall, this attractive armband is 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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