N035584 NSKK-OBERSCHARFÜHRER'S SERVICE UNIFORM.

BACKGROUND: The development of the NSKK, National Sozialistisches Kraftfahr Korps, (National Socialist Motor Corps), can be traced back to 1923 when the SA introduced a Kraftfahr Abteilung, (Motor Section), to transport personnel as required. In 1928 the SA Motor section was expanded to Kraftfahrstaffeln, (Motor Squadrons). In an attempt to create a national motor corps the NSAK, National Sozialistisches Automobil Korps, (National Socialist Automobile Corps), was formed in April 1930 as an NSDAP auxiliary organization subordinate to the SA. In early 1931 Adolf Hühnlein was appointed as Chief of the NSAK and proposed a name change to NSKK, which was officially accepted in April 1931. As an affiliate organization of the NSDAP, personnel serving with the NSKK originally wore the "Tradition Uniform" of the SA Motor Squadron until a specific NSKK service tunic was introduced in 1936. The NSKK 1936 pattern uniform was worn through-out the war with minor variations.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice quality, slightly mottled, brownish/olive green wool/rayon blend construction tunic features a vertical four button front closure with small fold back lapels and chocolate brown wool lay down collar. The tunic has four, pleated patch front pockets with scalloped button down flaps. The left breast has two vertical and four horizontal thread loops for wear of awards and comes with a West Wall ribbon bar. The straight cut sleeve cuffs each have a vertical slash to the reverse sleeve seams with dual fit adjustment buttons. The lower left sleeve has a second pattern, machine woven drivers diamond in silver/aluminum flat-wire threads on a woven black rayon diamond base. The drivers diamond features a stylized national eagle with out-stretched wings superimposed over a steering wheel with six internal spokes. The drivers diamond is machine stitched to the sleeve. The upper left sleeve has a standard NSDAP members armband (BeVo pattern) consisting of a red field with a central white circular disc with a canted black machine woven swastika to the center. The upper right sleeve has a machine woven NSKK eagle with scripted, scrolled banner in silver/aluminum flat-wire threads on a cut-out olive green wool base mounted on a brownish/olive green wool backing. The eagle is hand stitched to the sleeve. Of Note: Regulations of late 1938 or early 1939 altered the placement of the NSKK eagle to the upper left sleeve and discontinued further wear of the NSDAP armband. The side panels at the waistline each have three vertically aligned, stitched eyelets for the belt support hooks. The belt support hooks are absent. The reverse of the tunic has a central, vertical, tail skirt vent. The tunic has a narrow sewn on shoulder board consisting of alternating, twisted, bright silver/aluminum and black rayon cords with black rayon piping mounted on a green wool base. The steel green rayon piping would indicate service with (Motor-Brigade Nordsee). Of Note: NSKK personnel only wore the shoulder straps/boards on the right shoulder unless they were in service under Wehrmacht control in which case the shoulder straps/boards were worn on both shoulders. The lay down chocolate brown wool collar has the typical zig-zag reinforcement stitching to the reverse. The collar has black wool collar tabs with the left collar tab indicating the rank and the right collar tab the unit designation. The left collar tab features a single, stamped, natural aluminum rank pip and single rank tress indicting the NSKK rank of Oberscharführer. The right collar is unit marked "6/M14". The collar tabs are machine stitched to the collar. The interior of the tunic is partially lined in ribbed light tan cotton twill. The tunic is in overall very good, clean condition with minimal nap wear to the cuff and collar edges and minor age and usage toning. Original buttons are all present. The tunic is roughly size 34" chest. Also included are the original size 30 breeches (sewing repair to a hole on the left knee) and Oberscharführer overseas cap. Nice Set!

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $1,729.00

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