N041082 HJ "MOTOR" OVERSEAS CAP. (Sommer-Mütze)

BACKGROUND: Originally introduced in January of 1936, and designated a "Lagermütze" (Camp-cap), this designation was changed to "Sommer-Mütze" (Summer-Cap) later the same year. On introduction, the cap had both the national eagle and swastika insignia and the HJ diamond, and only came with red piping. In 1937 white piping was introduced for personnel of the NPEA, "Nationalpolitische Erziehunganstalt" (National-political Educational-establishment), and in April of 1938 six more branches of service piping were introduced. After 1939, and certainly by 1941, the national eagle and swastika were eliminated from wear. Of note: Established in early 1933 in cooperation with the NSKK, National Sozialistische Kraftfahr Korps, (National Socialist Motor Corps), the Motor-HJ was the earliest, and largest specialty section of the Hitler Jugend. The age entry level for the Motor-HJ was fifteen years old and the first year was spent on driving theory and practical mechanic training until the member reached sixteen years old and was eligible to qualify for his drivers license. The Motor-HJ established the Motor Qualification Badge in three classes of A, B, and C with each subsequent class being more complex and detailed then its predecessor. The class A badge was the lowest of the three and the qualification for award was divided into four sub-categories consisting of knowledge of driving, vehicle repair, laws and road signs and driving proficiency.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A black-colored, private purchase, cotton twill cap, with an expansion fold along its crown and whose fold-down side panels are permanently sewn in an upright position. The upper edges of the panels are piped in pink rayon. Beneath the piping, and over the forward seam line of the panels, is sewn a machine woven Hitler Youth diamond and swastika. Motor HJ sleeve qualification badge is hand sewn to the left side (non regulation, but original). The interior is fully lined in blue-colored rayon. Nice complete ersatz sweatband. Roughly a size 57. Rare transitional example. Nice cap.

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $795.00 (Or Best Offer)

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