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N047365 SA EM/NCO'S SERVICE KEPI. (SA-Dienstmütze)

BACKGROUND: The SA, "Sturmabteilung" (Storm-troops), were originally formed in August of 1921 as a protective guard unit for the political leaders of the fledgling NSDAP, "Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei" (National-socialist German Worker’s-party). As with the Nazi party, the SA was structured along para-military lines. Most of its recruits were from the ranks of the various "Freikorps" groups of the day, composed mainly of disgruntled ex-soldiers, and they were first utilized at a Nazi party meeting in Munich in November of 1921. Originally, members of the SA had no official headgear, and most wore a grey, Austrian-style ski cap until the introduction of the soft kepi in 1924. It was modified in 1929, taking, effectively, its final "coffee can" form. After 1933, the colored tops which had hitherto been reserved for SA leaders were extended to all ranks.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A tan cotton twill cap with a flat crown, stiff sides and visor. The wire-stiffened edge of the crown is piped in the same material, and there are two, brown-painted alloy ventilation grommets just below the crown edge to either side. These grommets are along a band of dark green wool. Tan cotton twill panels, originally designed to fold down but which were permanently stitched into an upright position after 1937, as in this example. Nice original aluminum eagle and nickel/silver plated button. Original chinstrap and buttons are also complete. The combination of the green wool and the silver-colored distinguish the wearer as having belonged to group "Sachen". The kepi’s short, stiff visor is covered in tan cotton twill. The interior crown is lined in light orange/brown oilcloth. Its Havana brown leather sweatband is complete and in good condition. A brown and white oilcloth RZM, "Reichszeugmeisterei" (National-material-control-office), tag is underneath the sweatband. The ranks of SA-Mann through SA-Obertruppführer wore these un-piped kepi with their group color exposed above the fold-down panels. Roughly a size 56". Nice untouched example.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $ SOLD

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