Condition: Near Mint
Product Description: This Kriegsmarine Sport Shirt Emblem is a large and impressive piece of insignia, that makes for a great display. It’s unissued, and was never sewn onto a sports shirt. The front features a large Kriegsmarine eagle and swastika emblem, Bevo machine woven onto a white semi-circle, on a thin rayon backing. The woven emblem is crisply detailed, as is typical for original Bevo pieces. The reverse of this Kriegsmarine Sport Shirt Emblem shows details of the woven construction, with the graphics visible in reverse. The condition of this is near mint. It’s nice and clean, with only extremely slight age toning to the white fabric. It’s crisp and retains great original color. It would be hard to find a nicer example.
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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