S007988 PANZER EM/NCO'S M40 OVERSEAS CAP. (Feldmütze neuer Art)

BACKGROUND: The first pattern SS overseas cap was introduced in June 1934 for wear by EM/NCO’s serving with the Allgemeine-SS, (General-SS), the SS-Totenkopfverbände, (SS-Death’s Head Units), and the SS-Verfügungstruppe, (SS-Special Purpose Troops), which were to become the cadre of the Waffen-SS, (Armed-SS). In 1937 an earth grey version of the first pattern cap was introduced and worn until a second pattern, overseas cap for EM/NCO’s was introduced on November 1ST 1940. The M40 overseas cap was produced in field-grey for most personnel and black for panzer personnel and was similar in cut to the Luftwaffe’s "schiffchenform", (boat-form), overseas cap. In 1939 the Waffen-SS adopted waffenfarben, (branch of service colors), with each branch of service being allocated a specific identifying color with white being chosen for Infantry personnel. Originally the waffenfarbe was displayed as a soutache on the front of the overseas cap until regulations of October 1942 abolished the use of the soutache and instructed it to be removed from the caps, although the directive was not strictly adhered to. Of Note: The Officers version of the M40 overseas cap was introduced in December 1939 and was slightly different then the EM/NCO’s version and was intended to be adopted for wear by all Officers as of January 1ST 1940. Prior to the introduction of this overseas cap Waffen-SS Officers had no regulation field headgear and it was not uncommon for them to use the Army M38 overseas caps. On its introduction the officers M40 overseas caps were piped in silver/aluminum braid until regulations of November 1ST 1940 restricted wear of the silver/aluminum braid for officers holding the rank of SS-Oberführer to Reichsführer-SS, while officers with the ranks of SS-Untersturmführer to SS-Standartenführer utilized white waffenfarbe piping.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Private purchase black wool/rayon blend construction M40 overseas cap with fold down side and back panels that slope gently downwards to the front center. The front center of the cap has a has a second pattern, (circa 1936), machine woven, SS style eagle in silvery/grey threads on a cut-out, woven, black rayon base. The front center of the fold down panels has a 1934 pattern, machine woven Totenkopf in silvery/grey threads with black accents threads on a cut-out, woven, black rayon base. Both the eagle and the Totenkopf are hand stitched to the cap. The cap has no branch of service soutache or any evidence of any ever having been applied. The interior of the cap is fully lined in black cotton/rayon blend. Few small sewing repairs. Roughly a size 57/58. Cap does not have the double welt (second seam) like on a factory made example. Shows the expected period use and wear but overall nice condition.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $

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