Product Description: This NSKK Sturmhauptführer Brownshirt is a scarce and very appealing political uniform. The classic style political brownshirt is made of a smooth cotton fabric. The collar tabs are made of black badge cloth formed around a stiffener. The left tab is adorned with metal characters reading “L/Fr.” indicating membership in a training company attached to the motor group “Franken.” The right tab has three metal pips and two strips of rank Tresse for the rank of Sturmhauptführer. There is also a single shoulder board with yellow piping. This style of insignia was used by the NSKK from 1934-1945. The collar is edged with black woven cord piping. There is a printed NSDAP armband style pinned on the left sleeve. The armband shows strong color with only minimal age toning. There are two pockets on the front of the shirt, one on each breast, each designed with a decorative pleat. Each pocket is closed with a silvered metal button that is maker marked. One of the pockets has an affixed 1934 Gautag Gera tinnie. All nine of the silvered metal buttons on the shirt are present, with bright original finish. There is a brown plastic button sewn in place at the neckline above the three silvered buttons and a reinforced button hole added below the last of the these buttons at the waist. The sleeves have French cuffs, each of which are held in place via two silvered metal buttons that are placed back-to-back and joined by a loop. Inside the collar is a stamped manufacturer marking, with “DRP 573619” indicating the Reich patent number. The shirt is also stamped “01 4215/18” in two spots, and “50 39” in the collar. There is a white label in the inside waist area, likely a RZM tag, but unfortunately it can’t be read as it is washed out. This NSKK Sturmhauptführer Brownshirt is complete and sound, with no holes, tears, discoloration or mothing. It remains in excellent plus condition.
Historical Description: The brownshirt is perhaps the most iconic political uniform of the Third Reich. The wear of this garment by Nazi organizations predated the 1933 seizure of power, as the SA and other early Party formations adopted this distinctive garment early on. Use of brown cotton uniforms originated with the Freikorps, initially from the use of surplus uniform parts intended for colonial troops in East Africa. By the 1930s the NSDAP brown shirts were common sights throughout the Reich, as these were worn by members of the SA, NSKK, NSFK, Hitlerjugend and other political and paramilitary organizations. The Nazis extended wear of this political uniform to government functionaries at many levels, and these were worn by political leaders. Brown shirts were worn by the early SS and by the SS combat troops during the first part of WWII as well, under the field gray uniform.
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