NSBO Sport Shirt Emblem

Condition: Very Good

SKU: Y424 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This NSBO Sport Shirt Emblem is a rare early patch. This pattern of insignia was worn on sports clothing by members of the National Socialist Factory Cell Organization, a workers’ organization during the Third Reich. This organization was absorbed by the DAF in 1935, so this pattern of insignia was only made for a relatively short time. The front of this unissued NSBO Sport Shirt Emblem features the NSBO organizational emblem, a fist with a swastika-emblazoned hammer and part of a gear with “N.S.B.O.” lettering. This is neatly Bevo machine woven on a white circle, on a backing of thin, white fabric. The reverse of this woven sports patch shows the design in reverse, as is typical. This patch was never worn or sewn on, and has the full original backing, with “Ges. Gesch.” (indicating a legally protected design) woven close to the backing’s top edge. The condition rates as very good. There is one small hole near the edge of the backing, that does not affect the woven patch. There are also a few little spots here and there, and typical age toning to the white fabric. It’s a nice, representative 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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