BACKGROUND: Forestry and hunting in Germany enjoys a long history and traditions that continue to the present day. In July of 1933, Hermann Göring was appointed as "Reichsforst und Jägermeister" (National-forestry and Hunting-master), as head of the "Reichsforstamt" (National-forestry-department). In that capacity he was in charge of administering all aspects of forestry and hunting, including the development, maintenance and conservation of all of the forests and wild game within Germany. The "Reichsforstamt" was sub-divided into four main departments: the "Gemeinde Forst Dienst" (General Forestry Service), "Privat Forst Dienst" (Private Forestry Service), "Heeres Forst Dienst" (Army Forestry Service), and the "Luftwaffe Forst Dienst" (Air-force Forestry Service). Personnel in all four services were assigned a uniform.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A Luftwaffe, grey wool visor cap. Top crown is silver wire piped (stiffening wire has worn through on one side), with a green velvet centerband which is piped in dark green. Fixed to the forward seam line of the body is an aluminum eagle with a wreathed, mobile swastika in its talons. The eagle is slightly convex, and its spread wings have a span of 53mm. Beneath this, fixed to the front of the center band, is a three-piece cockade comprised of a 23mm diameter, black fluted base, upon which is a 17mm diameter, silver-colored roundel, with a 7mm diameter, red felt dot to its center. The cockade is enclosed by a silver-colored aluminum wreath of oak leaves and acorns. Fixed by silver-colored, pebbled alloy buttons positioned over each ear is an officer’s pattern silver chin cord. Vulkinfiber visor is complete and in nice condition. Its underside is in tan. The interior of the cap is fully lined in ribbed golden/tan rayon. Celluloid sweat diamond is missing. Nice complete leather sweatband. Roughly a size 56. Scarce cap.     (Ex Philippe Gillain Collection)

GRADE *** 1/2                                                 PRICE $1,190.00 (Or Best Offer)

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