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Title NSDAP leader's arm band
Nationality German
Period c 1940

This is a fine example of an Ortsgruppenleiter's armband, the pale blue edging indicating Ort level of party leadership, and is complete with party tax tag. Never having been made up, it has obviously been looted from a tailor's shop, and survived in a veteran's collection, carefully folded away out of sunlight.

The inner circle and swastika are made of ribbed silk, the red cloth field of superfine broadcloth with only minor traces of moth tracking here and there. The oak leaf motif is in flat gold thread woven into the body of the cloth. The swastika and surrounding field are further enhanced by gold bullion wire.

These bands were worn by the so-called 'goldene fasanen' (golden pheasants), the party bigwigs who ran German civil administration in the name of the party. There are 38 varieties of NSDAP leadership arm bands, a true challenge for the serious collector!

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Militaria : Tunics : Third Reich : Party]


The tropical belt and buckle turned up on time and I am very happy with it and it has been a pleasure doing business with you.

D F, UK, 16.03.2016

[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

I'm delighted that you are happy with the badge and I hope you can sell it to someone who will value owning it.

I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me 40-50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015