Product Description: This wool NSDAP Armband is an all-original piece. The body of the armband is made of a high-quality red wool fabric that shows very slight fading from wear. The front of the armband has a roundel that appears to be made from a rayon blend. The roundel has a wool swastika that is machine sewn with straight stitching. The roundel shows moderate age and usage toning and patina and is machine sewn to the body of the armband. The long edges of the armband are finished with machine stitching, and the short edges are sewn together on the reverse. This armband is one that was obviously worn on a uniform. There are some stitch holes as well as traces of tan stitching. This wool NSDAP Armband shows wear, with a mild patina throughout, and appears to have been cleaned, and stretched slightly. There is some surface wear and a couple of very small holes, but no major damage. 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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