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K002777 EM/NCO'S M41 TROPICAL FIELD CAP. (Tropenfelddienstmütze)

BACKGROUND: German Naval uniforms and headgear were based on traditional designs that date back to the creation of the Prussian Navy in 1848, and although the uniforms and headgear did evolve during the interim years, many items used during the Third Reich would still have been quite recognizable to the Imperial sailor. The German navy also had a long tradition of brown and white tropical/landing dress that was worn in hot climates with the white uniform also serving as a walking out dress. The tradition was continued through the Weimar era and in 1929 the Reichsmarine introduced new brown and white tropical/landing dress uniforms with a stand-up collars. In 1937 the Kriegsmarine introduced new style brown and white tropical uniforms with lay down collars. With the impending entrance into the North African campaign in late 1940 the Kriegsmarine developed another new tropical brown uniform independently from the Heer and Luftwaffe, but retained the 1937 pattern white uniform. The new, (1940), tropical brown uniforms also included headgear. The tropical M41 cap was similar in design to the later M43 caps but without the fold down side panels.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Light tan, cotton/rayon blend construction cap features gently sloping stitched down side panels with a scalloped front. The cap has two, large, olive drab painted, metal alloy ventilation grommets to each side positioned just below the top crown seam. The ventilation grommets retain all of their original olive drab paint. The front center of the cap features a machine woven national eagle in golden yellow threads on a cut-out, woven tan rayon base, positioned above a machine embroidered national tri-color cockade on a woven tan cotton diamond shaped base. The eagle is neatly handstitched to the cap while the national tri-color cockade is machine stitched to the cap. The cap has an extended forward visor with a tan cotton/rayon blend covering mounted on an internal cardboard stiffener with subtly raised lip to the top of the forward edge and a single row of reinforcement stitching to the bottom of the forward edge. The interior of the cap is fully lined in golden/tan rayon. The crown has a central seam which is correctly stitched right through the internal lining for added strength. The lining is well marked with black inkstamped manufacturers name "Chapeliere Parisienne Paris", and size, "58 ½". Nice.

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $995.00

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