N054382 SA STURMMANN'S BROWN SHIRT "SA- Gruppe Niedersachsen". (Diensthemd)

BACKGROUND: Brown was to become the official color of the N.S.D.A.P. and S.A. 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 N.S.D.A.P. and S.A., and was eventually adopted by other political organizations such as the H.J., D.A.F., and the N.S.K.K.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Light tan cotton twill construction shirt with a five button front closure. Shirt features two pleated, patch, breast pockets with scalloped flaps with removable buttons. Sleeves have five tapering darts and fold back French cuffs with dual removable button closure. Darted horizontal waistband with six stitched in, pebbled steel, belt support hooks and single cotton belt loop to reverse center. Upper left sleeve has an early multi-piece red cotton NSDAP members armband handstitched in place. Armband has a white circular cotton field with black cotton tape swastika. The right shoulder has a late 1934 pattern, sew on shoulder strap consisting of two rows of brown and white colored piping on a brown wool base with a golden button. The lay down collar, with twisted cord piping of black and white, has, to each point, a brown collar tab with white numbers and stripes, both of early 1933 pattern. The right side collar tab, with white, machine woven unit designation "23/16" signifying the 23rd Sturm (Company) of the 16th Standarte (Regiment) of the SA- Gruppe Niedersachsen (along with the color of the buttons). The left collar tab as double vertical bar of tress with a black dividing line on a brown wool background. Tab indicates the rank of Rottenführer. Comes with a two place medal bar and Niedersachsen event badge. The chest measures approximately 44". Nice example.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $1,869.00

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