Product Description: This is a textbook original, Yellow State Service Armband, in near mint condition. It’s Bevo, machine woven construction, as most of these were. The body of the armband is made from a fairly sturdy yellow cotton, with strong original color. A large and impressive German national eagle and swastika emblem is woven in black thread on the front. The upper and lower edges show the expected woven edging. The short edges on the reverse have been factory machine sewn together with yellow thread. Inside, the eagle and swastika emblem is visible in reverse, a characteristic result of the machine weaving process used to make these. There is no damage to the fabric or to the woven design. This State Service armband shows only very slight age. Overall, it’s a great representative example of this popular armband style. The condition of this Yellow State Service Armband is near mint 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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