K007384 ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIAL'S TROPICAL PITH HELMET. (Tropenhelm)

BACKGROUND: The Navy originally used white uniforms as their tropical dress and had two separate brown tropical uniforms, one developed before the war and one during the war. The pith helmet saw numerous design alterations from 1925 until 1940.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Early pattern pith helmet, with formed cork core covered in white/tan canvas. Six panel, seamed, white canvas twill crown with horizontal band stitched at rear and covered by a vertical piece of canvas. As is typical there is some damage to cork inside canvas, still displays fine. Raised, canvas covered, circular knob with three ventilation holes to top of crown. All around visor, shorter at front, of two piece, side seamed, white/tan canvas and trimmed with stitched on leather. Stamped alloy national eagle to front center, with polished highlights and a worn white/silver wash. Wingspan roughly 10.5cm. Interior visor brim in olive drab cotton twill. Crown lined in red cotton. Tan leather sweatband attached by four prongs with cotter pins. Well size marked "56". Metal grommet under crown top knob. Complete with white leather chinstrap with sliding buckle and quick release hook. Superb, untouched, scarce Kriegsmarine example.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $1,350.00

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