K011173 TROPICAL PITH HELMET. (Tropenhelm)

BACKGROUND: The Kriegsmarine originally used white uniforms and headgear as their tropical dress and had two separate brown tropical uniforms, with one developed before the war and one during the war. The Kriegsmarine was the first branch of service to utilize a pith helmet and its development can be traced back as far as 1856 when the first pattern was introduced into the Prussian Navy. The Kriegsmarine pith helmet underwent numerous design alterations from its inception until a final pattern was decided on September 2ND 1940.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: 1940 pattern, tropical pith helmet, with formed cork core covered in ribbed tan canvas. Helmet features a six panel, vertically seamed, tan canvas twill crown with horizontal band stitched at rear and covered by a vertical piece of canvas. Top center of crown has a raised, removable, canvas covered, circular alloy knob with three semi-circular ventilation holes. All around visor, shorter at front, of two piece, side seamed, tan canvas and trimmed with stitched on tan leather. Insignia is removed and looks to have had several sets on at one time or another. Interior cork is a bit soft in one small section of the visor. Bottom of visor brim and interior crown are both lined in light weight olive drab linen. Interior has a wide, tan leather sweatband. Sweatband is attached differently then the Heer and Luftwaffe patterns with a crinkled linen covered cardboard band stitched directly to helmet interior. Reverse of sweatband is well marked with black inkstamped size, "58", and is dated for 1941. Interior crown has a grommet under exterior crown top knob. Helmet comes complete with shortened tan leather chinstrap with sliding magnetic sheet metal buckle, retaining clip and quick release hook. Shows the expected age and use. Scarce, issued Kriegsmarine pith helmet, just needs set of insignia.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $600.00 (Or Best Offer)

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