Product Description: This WWI German Red Cross Armband is a nice example of a very scarce Imperial armband. The body of this armband is made of a white cotton material that shows typical age toning. The front of the armband features a Red Cross emblem made of two pieces of red cotton material, machine stitched to the armband. The front of the armband also features a nice government ink stamp in black ink. The stamp is attractive and very clear to read. On the back, this armband has three hand-sewn clips to secure the armband around the arm. This WWI German Red Cross Armband is complete and sound, with no tears or holes. There is some light staining and discoloration but no major damage. These do not come up often. This one is in excellent condition.
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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