Product Description: This SS Sport Shirt Emblem is a desirable and very appealing piece. It’s the smaller version of the SS runic sports shirt emblem. The front of this patch features large, bold SS runes, within two circles that form the border of the patch. It is Bevo, machine woven construction, as all of these were. The backing has been folded, just as it would be if sewn on a shirt. The reverse of this SS Sport Shirt Emblem features the original SS RZM paper tag. The tag bears the round logo of the Reichszeugmeisterei, as well as the SS organizational symbol, and a correct “A” tax code. The tag is nearly perfect, with only extremely slight age toning. This SS sports patch is extraordinarily clean, with no stains, holes or other damage, and only the slightest trace of age. It’s a textbook original example of this desirable patch, and remains in excellent condition.
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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