N049176 DRK EM'S OVERSEAS CAP. (Feldmütze)

BACKGROUND: The DRK, "Deutsches Rotes Kreuz" (German Red Cross), a voluntary civil assistance organization originally instituted in 1864, was officially acknowledged by the Geneva Convention in 1929. In December 1937 it gained status as a legally recognized organization by the NSDAP. As with other essential services in Third Reich Germany, it came under control of the NSDAP in late 1938 under the auspices of the Ministry of the Interior’s Social Welfare Organization.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Originally introduced in August of 1935, this second pattern overseas cap has an expansion fold along its two-piece crown, a two-piece body, and two-piece, fold-down side panels, all in grey wool. The panels scallop in the front, where there is sewn an army pattern, machine woven, tri-color cockade. To the left side panel is sewn a machine woven DRK emblem of a black eagle with down-swept wings, clutching a red Balkan cross in its talons, with a mobile swastika superimposed upon its breast. The interior is fully lined in grey rayon is size marked 56. Nice clean cap.   (Ex Philippe Gillain Collection)

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $499.00 (Or Best Offer)

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