Original German WWII Wool SS Overcoat Multi-Piece Wool & Rayon Armband with SS RZM Tag
Original Item: Only One Available: The SS (Schutzstaffel - 'Protection Squadron') was originally formed in 1925, ostensibly to act as a small, loyal bodyguard unit to protect the Führer, AH. Under the direction of the Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler, the SS grew to be the most ruthless and feared organization of the 20th century. They were the vanguard of NSDAP and eventually controlled nearly every function of German life and much of Occupied Europe.
This is a very nice service used SS Overcoat Kampfbinde (Armband), with a red woven wool band, with a black multipiece Satin moire Swas (hook cross) in a white circle sewn onto the front. This armband is more or less identical to the standard armband of the National Socialist German Workers' Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, abbreviated NSDAP), commonly known in English as the NSDAP Party. However, it bears an original correct RZM tag with the double siegrune (ᛋᛋ) symbol of the SS in a circle. The SS had their own standards and channels for materials, and only those for the organization would ever bear that mark. The tag is in good condition, and has a correct “D” tax code and features the RZM logo as well as the ink stamped numerical designation of the hersteller (manufacturer) A4/343 over lot No. 038647.
This type armband would be worn on the overcoat of SS members. It is in very good condition, showing light staining and age toning on the white circular background. There is also definitely some wear to the red felt band. It measures approximately 15" x 4 1/4", and is sewn together in the back with black thread. This stitching is from when it was fitted to the overcoat. The colors are still well retained, and there is no moth damage we can see.
A very nice example of a rare armband!
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