Condition: Near Mint
Product Description: This NSDAP Sport Shirt Emblem is a really attractive and eye-catching piece of regalia. It’s an embroidered version of the small NSDAP Sport Shirt Emblem. It’s beautifully detailed, and features a Nazi left-facing eagle and swastika emblem, perfectly executed in black and white thread, on a shield-shaped backing of blue wool, with an embroidered border. It has never been used, and still has bright, original color. The reverse of this scarce patch shows the back of the embroidery, as well as thin, mesh-like embroidery backing that covers the entire reverse. The fabric shows only the lightest trace of age toning, and shows no sign of ever having been worn or stitched to a shirt. It is near mint and displays extremely well.
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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