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N020176 DAF LEADERS OVERSEAS CAP. (DAF Feldmütze)

BACKGROUND: The Deutsche Arbeitsfront, (German Labor Front), originally founded in 1933, became an official NSDAP organization in October 1934. Its stated purpose was to educate the workers in industry and commerce for smooth and efficient operation of all labor in the Third Reich. The structure of the DAF was basically the same as the NSDAP with different political levels of organization. Due to the diversification in labor the DAF was divided into sub-sections for specific trades and/or professions and it also controlled the Kdf, Kraft durch Freude, (Strength through Joy), organization which provided recreation for workers. However the DAF’s most important goal was to enforce the political stability of the large mass of the work force. One of the sub-sections of the DAF was the DAF-Werkscharen, (DAF-Labor Squads). The Werkscharen were established in February 1935 and were to act as the NSDAP’s "watch-dog", in industrial factories. In June 1935 the Werkscharen were granted independent status and uniform regulations were enacted. In November 1935 the first pattern Werkscharen overseas cap was introduced. In April 1937 with a reorganization of the Werkscharen a second pattern overseas cap was introduced and the first pattern cap was discontinued. Originally the colored piping was intended to indicate rank groups but when the DAF submitted the design of the cap to the RZM they misinterpreted the meaning of the colored piping to indicate the political regional level of the wearer as with the NSDAP political leaders caps with the light blue indicating Orts Gruppe level as opposed to the DAF’s intention of rank. In March 1938, with a restructuring of DAF ranks the colored political level piping was abolished and only silver and gold piping was utilized by the appropriate ranks.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice quality, deep navy blue wool construction, second pattern, DAF-Werkscharen personnel’s overseas cap. The cap features non-functional, side and back panels which slope gently downwards to the front center of the cap. The crown and side, back panel top edges are all trimmed with gold wire piping. The front center of the cap has a machine woven national eagle with out-stretched wings in silver wire threads on a black, woven rayon, inverted triangular base positioned above two, small, pebbled, gilt washed sheet metal, buttons. The eagle is hand stitching to the cap. The interior of the cap is fully lined in black rayon, with a partial tan leather sweatband to the front section. The lining has a navy blue oilcloth RZM/DAF tag with white printed script and black inkstamped manufacturers numerical code. The oilcloth tag includes both the RZM and DAF cogwheel logos and script, "Mütze für Werkscharen der DAF", (Cap for Labor Squads of the DAF). The RZM/DAF tag is machine stitched to the lining. Roughly a size 54. Scarce DAF leaders cap.   (Ex Philippe Gillain Collection)

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $799.00 (Or Best Offer)

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