Thanks for the input! I know there's a similar repro out there in Bevo that you can get for next to nothing, not too many differences other than the design being a tad bit simpler iirc --- this could be what you're referring to, they can easily be found online. And wouldn't the synthetic material you're referring to glow under UV lighting?
There is a big differce between "bevo" and your one.
Synthetic polymer sometimes does not shine under UV.
However it's up to you, as I said it would by be one for me.
I think you are correct, that it was Bevo. I just know there was a thread that covered this but it might have been from years ago when I used the search function to research mine. The fakers have learned to defeat the UV light test. The newer fakes will not glow but the older ones would. This is how I understand it.
It would do the armband justice to post a thread in the kampfbinde section and see if Bob Coleman can get eyeballs on it. Among other things, he's sharp with these things.
I did not know that about the polymers... good to know!
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Thank you for the input, Rossi! That's certainly a nice one... I will very likely be getting one at some point, so it's nice to have some solid reference examples!
However, I would just like to note that I am aware of the cotton types that are widely accepted from before, this was just an interesting chance pickup --- and it did prove to be one that is rarely seen by what I've read, fake or not, also a type that some experienced collectors have at least some degree of faith in... at least over on WAF. In all the threads I have read on there re. this very type, not the printed ones and not the similar ones found online Deutscher Volkssturm Arm Band in Bevo, opinions were split and it usually came down to people being skeptical due to lack of period evidence. One collector dated them back at least 30-40 years remembering being offered a single example from a good source and now regretting not picking it up, while others speculated if they could possibly be locally produced variants.
Believe me, I do not have a lot invested here and I would love to prove this somehow, one way or the other --- fake or not. So far it seems most stick only to the cotton varieties, which was to be expected and if someone was to me show me droves of this exact type at military fairs just sitting there I'd apply for a refund asap. No questions asked --- But, for now it's definitely in the maybe pile --- happy to say that it's the only doubtful item in my collection though
Just did a burn test and at the very least I've found that it is not a synthetic fiber as suggested earlier. John of germanwarbooty.com remarked that the quality of the material and general look of these particular pieces were similar to that of period cufftitles --- I haven't actually handled any so I couldn't really say but having this in hand and looking at cufftitles online I can definitely see where he's coming from.