Wool SS Armband

Condition: Excellent

Base Material: Wool

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Product Description: This is a textbook original example of an extremely desirable wool SS Armband. It’s made with top quality materials, and likely dates from the 1930s. The body of the armband is made of a very finely woven wool, with a smooth nap. This fabric shows moth damage throughout, with scattered nips and match head sized holes on the front and back. The front of the armband has a white roundel that is machine stitched in place with neat zig-zag stitching. The swastika on this disk is made of two pieces of ribbed black fabric tape, also expertly machine sewn. The roundel shows only very light toning, and the red wool boasts strong original color, with only very slight fading. The upper and lower edges of this armband show black stripes made of fabric, indicating wear by a member of the SS. The short ends of the armband are sewn together on the reverse. There is no RZM tag inside. This wool SS armband remains a very appealing piece of early SS regalia. These continue to get harder to find.



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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