Original German WWII National Socialist War Victim's Care Armband from Gau Helle-Merseburg - NSKOV
Original Item: Only One Available. The National Socialist War Victim's Care (Nationalsozialistische Kriegsopferversorgung or NSKOV) was a social welfare organization for seriously wounded veterans as well as frontline fighters of World War I. The NSKOV was established in 1934 and was affiliated to the NSDAP Party. The headquarters of the organization was in Kreuzberg, Berlin (at the time called the SW 68 district) and employed the architect Willy Muehlau to design cheap residential complexes for NSDAP war veterans. These complexes emerged some time between the late 1920s and early 1930s and are protected according to the City of Berlin's Denkmalliste (monument list).
This is a very nice WWII NSKOV Wool Armband from the German Adminstrative Region (Gau) Helle-Merseburg. This district was formed from the southern half of the Prussian Province of Saxony. The bullion borders would suggest that it is for an officer, but there is unfortunately not much information out there about the rank structure of the organization. The wool is a lovely dark navy blue color, and the armband features silver embroidered writing in German Blackletter Typeface: NSKOV / Gau Halle-Merseburg. This surrounds a small NSKOV metal badge that is stitched in place. It is the standard design: a canted Swas (Swas) inside a circle, which is overlayed on the Iron Cross emblem. This is surrounded by an oval leaf, with a sword piercing the entire emblem.
The armband measures approximately 15.25" x 3.75", and is in good condition, with a bit of staining on some of the text. The wool has unfortunately suffered some mothing, as shown. The silver border on the edges also has some pulling of the threads.
A somewhat rare NSKOV armband, ready to add to your collection!
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