H046985 EM/NCO'S MOUNTAIN CAP. (Bergmütze)

BACKGROUND: The Mountain cap was originally introduced in the early 1930's, and based on the caps worn by Austrian Mountain troops in WWI. The cap was designed for wear by Mountain, Ski and Jäger personnel. From its inception the Bergmütze had no readily identifiable rank indicator although the buttons were to be silver for Officer’s and gilt for General Officer’s. Regulations of October 1942 introduced silver/aluminum or gold piping to the top crown edge as a rank indicator. Although very similar to the M43, these Bergmütze where issued in considerably smaller quantities and are more scarce.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Very nice quality private purchase, field-grey, wool/rayon doeskin blend construction cap features fold down back and side panels with scalloped front edge and forward sides, held in the upward position at the front by two small mid-brown molded bakelite buttons. Front center of cap features a machine woven, combined, national eagle in white threads and national tri-color cockade on a woven green rayon, "T" shaped base. Insignia is neatly handstitched to cap. Left side panel of cap has a 1939 pattern, silver washed, stamped alloy edelweiss with nine petals, two leaves, single stem and separate, gilt washed, stamen attached by two bent over prongs. Edelweiss has four small holes in the flower and one in the stem for stitching it to the cap. Interior of cap is fully lined in light weight grey/green rayon. Complete original leather sweatband. Roughly a size 55/56. Nice cap!

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $1,675.00

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