Product Description: This WWI German Priest Armband is a rare piece to find. In fact, we have never seen this armband type before. The exterior is composed of multiple pieces of fine silk. The material is beautiful, with bright original color and minimal if any age toning. The construction of this armband features factory style straight machine stitching throughout. On the reverse, the armband has three pearl styled buttons and matching button holes, allowing it to be carefully affixed or removed. The interior of this WWI German Priest Armband is lined with a fine cotton fabric with a plain weave. This lovely armband is elegantly constructed and visually very appealing. It is complete and sound, with no stains, rips or other damage. The condition rates as excellent plus plus.
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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