K007779 EM/NCO’S VISOR CAP WREATH & COCKADE. (Eichenlaubkranz und Korkade für Schirmmütze)

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 recognizable to the Imperial sailor. Visor caps were a standard item for all military personnel during the Third Reich period and regulations dictated the form of dress they were to be worn with based on the individual’s rank. 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). 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. 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 Kriegsmarine adopted a slightly modified version of the NSDAP’s, Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, (National Socialist German Worker’s Party), national eagle for wear on the front of the headgear and the right breast of the uniform on March 24TH 1934. Originally Kriegsmarine personnel wore the Weimar Reichswehr, (National Defence {Force} Circa 1919-1933), era oval black, red and gold cockade which was replaced with a circular cockade in black, white, and red on March 14TH 1933 and the Reichswehr era pattern oak-leaf wreath was replaced with a new, more detailed, pattern wreath on April 2ND 1935. The insignia was generally produced in machine or hand embroidery although metal insignia was also used occasionally.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: 1935 pattern, machine embroidered oak-leave wreath in golden yellow rayon threads on a cut-out, deep, navy blue wool base. The wreath encompasses a machine embroidered, circular, national tri-color cockade in black, white and red rayon threads. The reverse has a circular, ersatz pressed cardboard padding.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $149.00

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