BACKGROUND: Protective foul weather clothing and headgear were components of a ship’s on-board clothing stores and were issued to watch and deck personnel on an "as need" basis during inclement weather. When not in use the foul weather clothing and headgear were returned to storage for future usage. Generally the foul weather clothing and headgear items were constructed in waterproof rubberized canvas or oilcloth in assorted colors although leather garments were also utilized. The Kriegsmarine protective foul weather cap followed the basic design as the "Sou’wester" cap used by civilian fishermen and merchant marine personnel through-out the world.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Rubberized, mid-brown canvas construction Southwester style protective foul weather cap features a two piece, dual-ply, horizontal brim which is considerably longer in the back with dual, parallel, rows of reinforcement stitching near the outer edge and a vertical, stitched seam to both the obverse and reverse centers. The crown portion of the cap is constructed of four, evenly sized, single-ply, rubberized canvas panels with machine stitched seams. The unlined interior of the cap has dual, woven, olive drab, cotton/rayon, tie, chinstraps, with an HBT, (Herring Bone Twill), weave, machine stitched into the side seams where the brim affixes to the crown panels. The interior of the cap is well marked with a size inkstamp, "57", a waffen-amt and the inkstamped manufacturer’s name, location and date within a rectangular border, "Willy Sprengpfeil Mützenfabrik Hamburg 19", and the date, "1940".

GRADE ****                             PRICE $359.00

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