Product Description: This SS Sport Shirt Patch is an eye-catching, impressive piece of insignia. This emblem was worn on the sports clothing of all SS branches. It’s textbook, Bevo, machine woven construction. It depicts the runic organizational emblem of the SS in black thread on a white roundel with a black double border. The obverse has a slight, even patina, with mellow age toning. The outer edge of the patch has a single row of straight machine stitching, which is how these were finished prior to issue. The reverse of this SS Sport Shirt Patch shows typical neat folding to the thin rayon backing, and expected details of the machine woven construction. There is a bit of adhesive residue, possibly where a label was affixed at one time. This patch really is a very nice piece, that displays handsomely. The condition rates as excellent plus.
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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