K011785 OFFICER'S OVERSEAS CAP. (Bordmütze für Offizier)

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 item for wear by all personnel both on and off ship for the duration of the war. The insignia utilized on the overseas cap consisted of the black, white and red national tri-color cockade and a slightly modified version of the NSDAP’s, Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, (National Socialist German Worker’s Party), national eagle. Overseas caps for Officers holding the ranks of Leutnant zur See up to and including Grossadmiral were distinguished from EM/NCO’s by the addition of gilt piping around the forward edge of the flaps while administrative officials holding equivalent officers ranks/positions utilized silver piping. 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.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice quality, private purchase, deep, navy blue wool construction, Officer’s overseas cap features fold down side and back panels with gently sloping, downward scallops to the front and forward sides. The top seam has interwoven, gilt wire piping. Cap has EM/NCO pattern insingia which is original stitching to the cap. The interior of the cap is fully lined in black cotton/rayon. The cap is roughly size 58. Nice cap.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $749.00

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