H024787 OFFICER'S M43 FIELD CAP. (Einheitsfeldmütze M43 für Offizier)

BACKGROUND: The M43 field cap was introduced for wear by all ranks on June 11TH 1943 as a replacement cap for the other field caps then in use. The design of the M43 field cap was based on the earlier M42 Feldmütze, (Overseas cap), and the Mountain Troopers Bergmütze, (Mountain Cap), with minor variations. The standard issue M43 field caps were constructed of field-grey material while a black version was introduced at the same time for Panzer personnel. Officer’s ranks were distinguished by piping on the crown of the cap with silver piping for the ranks of Leutnant to Oberst and gilt piping for General Officer’s ranks of Generalmajor to Generalfeldmarschall while EM/NCO’s caps were not piped. Further regulations also dictated that the buttons on the cap were also to be an indicator of rank with field-grey buttons for EM/NCO’s, silver for field and company grade officers and gilt for General’s ranks but this was not strictly adhered to. Officers and certain senior NCO ranks were responsible for purchasing their own caps and as a result were allotted a clothing allowance through the army’s Kleiderkasse, (Clothing Account), system. The Officers and certain senior NCO’s could choose to purchase their caps from the armed forces clothing depots or to privately purchase visor caps of higher quality. Although enlisted personnel were issued their caps from government supplies they were also permitted to purchase privately tailored caps although the price may have been restrictive. The German army originally adopted a slightly modified version of the NSDAP’s, Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, (National Socialist German Worker’s Party), national eagle by order on February 17TH 1934, with instructions to have it applied to all steel helmets, visor caps, and tunics by May 1ST 1934. Regulations followed on October 30TH 1935 that stipulated the national eagle was also to be applied to all field caps. On March 14TH 1933 the Weimar Reichswehr, (National Defence Force, Circa 1919-1933), era oval black, red and gold cockade was replaced with a circular cockade in black, white, and red and was utilized through-out the Third Reich period.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Field-grey wool/rayon blend construction cap features fold down back and side panels with a downward scalloped front edge and forward sides and two pressed paper ersatz buttons to the front center. The buttons retain all of their original paint and have their original stitching. The top, crown edge is piped in bright, interwoven, silver/aluminum braiding. The front center of the cap has a machine woven national eagle in silver/aluminum flat-wire threads and a national tri-color cockade in black, silver/aluminum flat-wire and red threads both mounted on a woven, field-grey, rayon trapezoidal base. The insignia is machine stitched to the cap. The cap has an extended, cloth covered, forward visor with an internal, natural tan cardboard stiffener. Liner is nicely maker marked. Size 58. Scarce, original, officers M43 with rare flatwire insignia. Nice!

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $1,795.00

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