K006787 TROPICAL PITH HELMET. (Tropenhelm)

BACKGROUND: The Kriegsmarine originally used white uniforms and headgear as their tropical dress and had two separate brown tropical uniforms, with one developed before the war and one during the war. The Kriegsmarine was the first branch of service to utilize a pith helmet and its development can be traced back as far as 1856 when the first pattern was introduced into the Prussian Navy. The Kriegsmarine pith helmet underwent numerous design alterations from its inception until a final pattern was decided on September 2ND 1940.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: 1940 pattern, tropical pith helmet, with formed cork core covered in ribbed tan canvas. Helmet features a six panel, vertically seamed, tan canvas twill crown with horizontal band stitched at rear and covered by a vertical piece of canvas. Top center of crown has a raised, removable, canvas covered, circular alloy knob with three semi-circular ventilation holes. All around visor, shorter at front, of two piece, side seamed, tan canvas and trimmed with stitched on tan leather. Helmet has stamped alloy insignia, with the Kriegsmarine style, Wehrmacht eagle shield to the left side, and the national tri-color shield to the right side. The Kriegsmarine style eagle shield differs from the Heer pattern as follows. The Kriegsmarine eagle shield doesn’t have the embossed outer edge trim, and the eagle itself is impressed instead of embossed as with the Heer pattern. Also the eagle is finished in a gilt coloration as opposed to the silver Heer type. The national tri-colored shield also differed from the Heer pattern with the absence of the embossed outer edge trim. The tri-color shield features three diagonally angled bars in the colors of red, white, and black on a slightly textured background field. Bottom of visor brim and interior crown are both lined in light weight olive drab linen. Interior has a wide, tan leather sweatband. Sweatband is attached differently then the Heer and Luftwaffe patterns with a crinkled linen covered cardboard band stitched directly to helmet interior. Interior crown has a alloy grommet under exterior crown top knob. Grommet is well marked with impressed manufacturers name "C TH DICKE". Helmet comes complete with its tan leather chinstrap with sliding sheet metal buckle, retaining clip and quick release hook. Roughly a size 59. Scarce Kriegsmarine pith helmet with the correct insignia shields. Nice!

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $1,785.00

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