Product Description: This is a great representative example of the desirable wool NSDAP Armband, in excellent condition. It’s made of typical, finely woven wool, of very high quality. The ribbed white roundel material, is textbook, as is the multi-piece, machine sewn black swastika emblem. Everything is perfectly machine stitched together, as one expects to see on a deluxe early piece like this. Inside, the original RZM paper tag is still present. It has the round logo of the Reichszeugmeisterei, a “J” tax code, and indicates that this piece was made by the manufacturer assigned the code A4/849. This Wool NSDAP Armband is not sewn together in the back. It shows some age, with discoloration to the white roundel. There are also some small cuts along the edges, perhaps where this was sliced from a uniform by a souvenir-hunting GI. There are a couple of holes and an impression on the reverse where it looks like an NSDAP party pin was affixed at one point. This pattern of armband belongs in every Third Reich collection.
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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