K004587 OFFICER'S FORE-AND-AFT HAT. (Befürchtet-und-Achtern Hut)

BACKGROUND: German Naval uniforms and headgear were based on traditional designs that date back to the creation of the Prussian Navy in 1848, and although uniforms and headgear did evolve during the interim years many items used during the Third Reich would still have been quite recognisable to the Imperial sailor. Officers and certain senior NCO ranks were responsible for purchasing their own uniforms and headgear and as a result were allotted a clothing allowance through the OKK, Offizier Kleiderkasse der Kriegsmarine, (Officer's Clothing Account of the Navy). Generally speaking officers bought nice quality, private purchase, uniform items but they could also choose to buy their uniforms directly from the military clothing depots. The Fore-and-Aft hat was carried over from the Imperial navy to the Weimar era Reichsmarine and on into the Third Reich. Of all the assorted headgear utilized by the German armed forces by far the most unique was the Fore-and-Aft hat which was to be worn by all Kriegsmarine Officers with the formal dress uniform and also with the Frock coat as the service dress uniform as required. Fore-and-Aft hats for officer's holding the ranks of Leutnant zur See up to and including Kapitän zur See were trimmed with black moire while officer holding the ranks of Kommodore up to and including Großadmiral hats were trimmed with gilt tress, silver for Administrative officers.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A black mohair felt formed hat trimmed in black silk band that has wire bullion to each end. A black-white and red pleated silk cockade is present under the twisted bullion wire. A large, gilt button is also present. The interior is lined in a white silk with a brown leather sweatband. There is some wear to the surface of the cap, as well as o the bullion wire and cockade. Roughly a size 57

GRADE ****                             PRICE $1,295.00

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