Product Description: This Early NSDAP Sport Shirt Emblem is a near-perfect example of a scarce and desirable patch, with a very attractive design. It is made with Bevo style machine weaving. The front of this patch features a bold early Nazi Party type German eagle and swastika emblem, with a striking look, neatly woven in black thread on a white disk. It’s on a typical thin fabric backing, most likely rayon. This one is unissued and unused. One edge of the backing has woven wording “Ges. Gesch.” indicating a legally protected design. The back of this early NSDAP sport shirt emblem has the typical Bevo look, with the emblem visible in reverse. This patch is extremely clean and crisp, with no stains, holes or damage. It remains in near mint condition and would be very hard to upgrade.
Historical Description: Physical fitness and competition were two concepts that were highly valued in the ideology of the Third Reich. All kinds of sports clubs and organizations flourished in the years before WWII, with larger Reich level organizations supervising athletics, promoting events and issuing awards for sport achievement. The various Nazi era civil, political, military and paramilitary organizations also promoted or even mandated exercise and sports for their members. To facilitate this, these organizations instituted sport uniforms, which typically included sport shoes, and for warm weather, shorts and a knit tank top with a woven emblem specific to that organization. In cold weather, the sport uniform generally included dark colored knit trousers and a sweatshirt, usually also with the sports-specific organizational emblem. The woven organizational emblem patch used on the sports patch was often a rather large patch, making these appealing souvenirs for Allied troops as they swept into Germany. Some types of the sports patches are very common today, though intact sports clothing is rarer, and some sports emblems for smaller organizations, made in limited numbers, are very rare.
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