Spring Auction 2019 Sale 75
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Very rare World War I armband issued in Allied hospitals to those soldiers who sought to avoid combat by shooting or otherwise seriously injuring themselves and thereby making themselves unfit for combat. The armband, 16 1/2" long and 3 1/2" wide, is constructed of yellow flocked cloth lined on the reverse. Black felt letters: "S I W" are sewn to the center of the band, indicating that the wearer had administered to himself a "S[elf] I[nflicted] W[ound]. Two tabs at one end of the band were threaded into adjustable buckles, since removed. The armbands were forced upon the guilty to be worn as a mark of cowardice and were obviously never kept as a souvenir of their service! This example was apparently kept by a hospital orderly.
"SELF-INFLICTED WOUND" ARMBAND
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Minimum Bid: $100.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $150.00
Estimate: $200 - $300
Auction closed on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.
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