BACKGROUND: On June 17TH 1936, Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler was appointed to the newly created position of Chef der Deutschen Polizei im Reichsministerium des Innern, (Chief of the German Police in the National Ministry of the Interior), effectively giving him full control of all police agencies within Germany including the Feuerschutzpolizei, (Fire Protection Police). As a result of this appointment and the restructuring of all the separate German state police into a single national police force new regulations were instituted to bring about uniformity in dress for all police through-out the country.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice quality, private purchase (1942 version with brown centerband), Officer’s visor cap features a police green wool body and crown with a brown wool centerband and pink wool truppenfarbe piping, to the crown edge and to both the top and bottom edges of the centerband. The front center of the cap has a three piece national tri-color cockade consisting of a black, fluted, alloy base, a silver washed, alloy roundel and an inset red felt central dot. The front center of the centerband has a silver washed, stamped, aluminum, second pattern, (circa April 1936-May 1945), police eagle clutching a wreathed, canted swastika in its talons, encompassed by a vertically oval, oak-leaf wreath. The cap has a bright, interwoven, twisted silver/aluminum chin cord secured by two, small, silver washed, pebbled, alloy buttons. The cap has a extended, forward, black lacquered vulcanfibre visor with a subtly raised lip to the forward edge. The interior of the cap is fully lined in gold rayon. Nice full celluloid sweat diamond. Full ersatz sweat band is complete, but has the expected tears. Size marked 56 ½. Nice looking cap.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $1,050.00

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