N017581 HJ OVERSEAS CAP. (Sommer-Mütze)

BACKGROUND: Originally introduced in January of 1936, and designated a "Lagermütze" (Camp-cap), this designation was changed to "Sommer-Mütze" (Summer-Cap) later the same year. On introduction, the cap had both the national eagle and swastika insignia and the HJ diamond, and only came with red piping. In 1937 white piping was introduced for personnel of the NPEA, "Nationalpolitische Erziehunganstalt" (National-political Educational-establishment), and in April of 1938 six more branches of service piping were introduced. After 1939, and certainly by 1941, the national eagle and swastika were eliminated from wear.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A tan-colored cotton twill cap, with an expansion fold along its crown and whose fold-down side panels are permanently sewn in an upright position. The upper edges of the panels are piped in red rayon. Beneath the piping, and over the forward seam line of the panels, is sewn a machine woven Hitler Youth diamond and swastika. The interior is fully lined in gold-colored rayon. Nice complete ersatz sweatband (with one tear). Original price tag still attached. Size marked 56. Nice!

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $418.00

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