BACKGROUND: Originally, members of the fledgling S.A. 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 S.A. leaders were extended to all ranks.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A tan cotton twill kepi with a flat crown, soft sides and visor. The edge of the crown is piped in the same material, and there are two metal ventilation grommets just below the crown edge to either side. The orange-yellow wool gruppe band is in good condition showing the expected nap wear and age. A 1927 pattern, silver washed, stamped alloy eagle and swastika is applied to the colored front by the two prongs to its reverse. A silver-colored, smooth metal button is to this seam between the eagle and the chinstrap. The brown leather chinstrap is in two sections, connected by a vertical oval "ring" and with a brown-painted metal sliding adjustment buckle to either side. The chinstrap is attached at either end by two, small, smooth brown-painted metal buttons. Chinstrap is broken, but would be an easy fix with a taped repair done to the back side. The kepi’s short, stiff visor is covered in tan cotton twill. The interior crown is lined in the typical rust-colored oilcloth. Its light brown sweatband has a wear but is in overall nice condition and complete with the exception of one tear. Originally worn by a member of S.A.-group Sudwest, as distinguished by the orange-yellow color along its top in combination with the silver-colored button to its front. The ranks of S.A.-Mann through S.A.-Obertruppführer wore these un-piped kepi with the Gruppe color exposed above the fold-down panels. Roughly a size 54. Shows the expected period use and wear but overall nice condition.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $995.00

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