Condition: Near Mint
Product Description: This unissued Water Police Sport Shirt Emblem has a great look. It’s typical Bevo machine woven construction. The front features a beautifully detailed rendition of the wreathed eagle and swastika Polizei emblem, in light blue thread (indicating Water Police) on a white background. All of the original thin white backing fabric is still present. The back of this Water Police Sport Shirt Emblem shows details of the machine weaving. This patch is really nice, clean and crisp, with full original color. There are no holes, stains or other damage, and no signs of wear or of ever having been sewn to anything. There is only extremely slight age toning to the white fabric. Overall, this attractive piece of Polizei insignia rates near mint. It would be hard to find a nicer one.
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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