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. The Kriegsmarine overseas cap was originally introduced on November 10TH 1938 and was officially designated, Gefechtsmütze (Battle cap). This early pattern overseas cap was restricted for wear on ships by certain specific personnel. On October 7TH 1939 the cap underwent minor modifications, was re-designated, Bordmütze, (Board cap), and became a regular issue item for wear by all personnel both on and off ship for the duration of the war. Officer and certain senior NCO ranks were responsible for purchasing their own caps and as a result were allotted a clothing allowance through the Kriegsmarine Kliederkasse, (Clothing Account), system. The Officers and senior NCO’s could choose to purchase their caps directly from the armed forces clothing depots or to privately purchase visor caps of higher quality. Officer ranks overseas caps were distinguished from EM/NCO’s by the addition of gilt piping around the forward edge of the flaps while administrative officials utilized silver piping.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice quality, private purchase, deep navy blue wool/rayon blend construction overseas cap features fold down side and back panels with gently sloping, downward scallops to the front and forward sides. The top edge of the fold down panels are trimmed in bright, interwoven, silver/aluminum wire piping. The front center of the cap has a hand embroidered eagle in bright silver/aluminum threads on a navy blue wool base. The eagle is neatly machine and handstitched to the cap. The front center of the fold down panels has a hand embroidered national tri-color cockade, in black, silver/aluminum and red threads on a navy blue wool base. The cockade is neatly handstitched to the cap. The interior of the cap is fully lined in gold rayon. Original sweatband is complete. Nicely maker marked and dated for 1943. Size marked 58. Scarce administrative officials overseas cap.

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $895.00

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