Product Description: This wool NSDAP Armband is a very nice example of this iconic piece of regalia. This is an unissued, unworn piece. The colors remain as bright and vibrant as they were when this was new. The body of the armband is made of a bright red, high quality wool material, which is clean and still retains nearly all of the original nap. There are some very small areas of tracking as well as two very small moth holes. The front of the armband is adorned with a ribbed white rayon roundel and a multi-piece black swastika made of a textbook ribbed tape material. The white roundel shows virtually no age toning and all the parts are skillfully assembled with factory style straight machine stitching. The long edges are finished with factory machine stitching, and the short edges are left unfinished, which is how this would have been issued, the final size being customized for the uniform sleeve of the eventual wearer. The inside shows the fine bobbin thread from the roundel attachment. There is no RZM tag. This wool NSDAP Armband has great visual appeal. The condition rates as excellent.
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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