Condition: Very Good
Product Description: This NSDAP Political Leader Sport Shirt Emblem is a textbook original piece. It is Bevo, machine woven construction, and features a bold Nazi political eagle and swastika emblem in black thread on a thin, white fabric backing. The reverse of this NSDAP Political Leader Sport Shirt Emblem shows details of the woven construction, and still retains the original RZM paper tag. The tag is in excellent condition, and features the round logo of the Reichszeugmeisterei and an “A” tax code. The tag indicates that this piece was made by the firm that was assigned the RZM manufacturer code M4/226. This attractive eagle is unissued and has never been sewn on. It does show age, with significant toning to the white fabric. There are also three tiny holes and associated marks, near the edges, from when this was tacked up for display at some point long ago. This scarce patch remains complete, in very good condition, and with the intact RZM tag, is a desirable 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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