H045690 EM/NCO'S MOUNTAIN CAP. (Bergmütze)

BACKGROUND: The Mountain cap was originally introduced for wear by Mountain, Ski and Jäger personnel in the German army in the early 1930's, with the design based on the M1909 caps worn by the German/Austrian Alpine troops in WWI. On May 2ND 1939 the OKH, Oberkommando des Heeres, (High Command of the Army), authorized wear of a distinctive edelweiss tradition badge by Mountain Troop personnel and the design of the badge was also based on a pattern worn by German/Austrian Alpine troops in WWI. The badge came in three forms with a cloth version for wear on the upper right sleeve of the service uniform, a stemless metal version for wear on the visor cap and a stemmed metal version for wear on the mountain cap. Of Note: From its inception the Bergmütze had no readily identifiable rank indicator although the buttons were to be field-grey for EM/NCO’s ranks, silver for Officer’s ranks of Leutnant to Oberst and gilt for General Officer’s ranks of Generalmajor to Generalfeldmarschall. Regulations of October 1942 introduced silver/aluminum or gold piping to the top crown edge as a rank indicator for Officer’s and General’s respectively. Although very similar to the M43 field cap, the Bergmütze was issued in considerably smaller quantities and is more scarce. Officers and certain senior NCO ranks were responsible for purchasing their own headgear 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 headgear from the armed forces clothing depots or to privately purchase headgear 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.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Light weight, field-grey, wool construction, EM/NCO’s Mountain cap features a high forward crown and fold down back and side panels with a scalloped front edge and forward sides with dual, field-grey painted, pebbled, magnetic sheet metal, button retainers to the front center. The back and side panels were designed to be folded down to protect the wearer’s ears and neck and the scalloped front section could be secured with the buttons closed under the wearer’s chin. The cap has a extended, forward, cloth covered visor with an internal stiffener with a subtly raised lip to the top of the forward edge and a single row of reinforcement stitching to the bottom of the forward edge. The internal visor stiffener has broken in several pieces but still displays fine. M44 pattern trapezoid is hand stitched to the cap, as is the metal edelweiss and are most probably restored to the cap. The interior of the cap is fully lined in gold rayon and has its original leather sweatband to the front. Size marked 58. This hat most likely had officers piping on the crown and it was removed.

GRADE *** 3/4                             PRICE $895.00

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