N022384 SA SERVICE TUNIC & BREECHES. (Dienstrock und Reithose)

BACKGROUND: Brown was to become the official color of the NSDAP and SA by circumstance rather than design. A large stockpile of discounted, surplus WWI tropical brown shirts and fabric, intended for wear in East Africa, were located in Austria in 1924 and purchased by the Nazis as a temporary measure to bring uniformity of dress to their party members. In November of 1926 the brown shirt was officially introduced, and retained, as the basic uniform item for the NSDAP and SA, and was eventually adopted by other political organizations such as the HJ, DAF, and the NSKK.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A brown wool, single-breasted tunic, and matching breeches. The tunic has a pleated patch pocket to each breast, both with scalloped flaps secured by a single button, and two slash hip pockets, both with flaps and single buttons. Its four button front closure leads up to fold-back lapels and a lay-down collar. Collar tabs, each in the form of un-piped, blue wool parallelograms, are sewn to either side of the collar. Right tab has the Edelweisses sewn to it and the left three pips for the rank of SA-Sturmführer. SA foot shoulder straps are sewn to each shoulder. Insignia is most probably restored to the tunic. The tabs themselves may be original, but the Edelweiss was not worn by the SA by the time these wool tunics were produced, plus it’s not the ’normal’ SA Edelweiss, and the pips on the rank side are appear oversized—possibly shoulder board pips. Buttons are complete and all original stitching, shoulder strap buttons maybe replaced. Faint inkstamps to liner. Chest size is roughly a 36". Set comes with a beautiful pair, of complete, 32" waist breeches.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $1,295.00

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