Wool SS Armband

Condition: Near Mint

Pattern: SS

Base Material: Wool

SKU: JW5845 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This wool SS armband is a beautiful, unissued example of a hard to find and desirable type. This armband has an original, factory affixed SS RZM tag, but does not have the black stripes on the long edges. Some collectors suggest that these were intended for wear on the wool overcoat, but the reason for the missing stripes is not definitively known (to our knowledge anyway). This handsome piece is made of a top quality red wool fabric. There is no fading, and no damage. The roundel and swastika emblem are constructed from multiple pieces of ribbed fabric, all skillfully factory assembled with straight machine stitching. There is no wear, and only extremely minimal age toning. The short ends of the armband have never been sewn together. Inside, the paper SS RZM tag is complete, with slight, normal age. This is the correct tag for an SS armabnd, with a “D” tax code. The tag identifies the maker as A4/275. Overall, this wool SS armband remains in outstanding, near mint condition. It would be tough to upgrade.




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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