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    When checking to see if an armband is real or fake, what does the "black light test" show?

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    Modern fabrics have a brightener added that will glow under the black light. The best comparison is to sheck the item against a white T shirt as that will give you an example to compare against. If an old piece is laundered with modern cleaners, it will also glow. May I suggest that you post the piece for discussion. We have a lot of experienced collectors here.


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    Thanks for the info. The SS armband that I purchased for my father (a WWII vet) hasn't arrived yet, but when it does, I'll post some pics. I did a lot of research on this forum under "SS armband" to view the "fakes" from the real ones, and it helped me out a lot. Are there any other physical tests, other than sight, that can be done? I heard something about burning a few loose threads for a "flash test", but I don't know what that is.

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    Yes, the burn test is done with a loose thread. If it is made with modern fibers it will roll up into a little ball or something of that nature. If it is made of old fibers it will burn to ash and you will have nothing left. Just make sure you have that piece of thread off of the item and far away as you do it. I almost set off an SS armband the other day .


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    That's interesting to know. Thanks.

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