N022487 S.A. GRUPPE "SUDWEST" EM/NCO'S SERVICE KEPI. (S.A.-Dienstmütze)

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 cap with a flat crown and visor. Two metal ventilation grommets just below the crown edge to either side. The orange-yellow wool gruppe band is in good condition. A 1927 pattern, silver washed, stamped alloy eagle and swastika, whose wingspan is 1.5", 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. The kepi’s short, stiff visor is covered in tan cotton twill. The interior crown is lined in the typical rust-colored oilcloth. Sweatband is mostly there, has a few tears and some re-stitching. Kepi is roughly a size 54/55. The ranks of S.A.-Mann through S.A.-Obertruppführer wore these un-piped kepi with the Gruppe color exposed above the side panels. At some time the cap spring (which would have been in the cloth channel around the top edge of the lining) has been removed, as well as the spring that would have been in the piping around the outer edge of the kepi. Also the large, early type RZM label was removed from the top of the cap’s lining. Well worn and used example.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $875.00

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