H072272 PIONIER EM/NCO'S M34 OVERSEAS CAP. (Feldmütze M34)

BACKGROUND: The M34 Overseas cap for wear by EM/NCO personnel was initially introduced on March 24TH 1934, with non-functional front buttons, and a different insignia configuration. Regulations of October 1935, did away with the buttons and altered the insignia utilized on the cap. The M34 cap was worn by EM/NCO’s until the introduction of the newly designed M42 overseas cap on July 21ST 1942.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Field-grey wool/rayon blend construction cap with fold down side and back panels with gently sloping, downward scallops to the front and forward sides. The cap has an painted, alloy, ventilation grommet positioned to either side, just below the crown edge. The front center of the cap has a machine woven national eagle with out-stretched wings, clutching a wreathed, canted swastika in it’s talons, in pale, mouse grey rayon threads, mounted on a cut-out, woven dark blue/green rayon base. The front center of the fold down panels has a machine woven national tri-color cockade, in black, white and red rayon threads, mounted on a woven, dark blue/green rayon, diamond shaped base. Both the eagle and the cockade are original handstitching to the cap. The cap has a black rayon, inverted "V", soutache flanking the cockade indicating service with the Infantry. The soutache has been applied in the correct manner, being machine stitched in place and inserted through two, small, puncture holes near the bottom edge of the cap. The interior of the cap is fully lined in ribbed, grey cotton/rayon blend material. The lining is well marked with a black size ink stamp, "54", and the manufacturer’s name, location and date, "Alfred Valet Mutzenfabrik Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt 1940".

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $450.00

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