N024679 NS-RKB PERSONNEL'S VISOR CAP. (Schirmmütze)
BACKGROUND: The DRKB, "Deutscher Reichskriegerbund" (German National-veterans’-league), was formed during WWI, and was based on the DKB, "Deutscher Kriegerbund," originally formed after the Franco-Prussian war in the 1870s. By 1936 it had incorporated most of the varied veterans’ associations into it, and was itself re-named the NS-RKB, "Nationalsozialistische - Reichskriegerbund," in 1938. Uniform and headgear regulations were introduced prior to 1933, were modified in 1936, and again in 1938.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A 1936 pattern, deep navy blue wool construction visor cap. Fixed to the forward seam line of the body is a 1938 pattern, stamped aluminum, spread-winged eagle with a wreathed, mobile swastika in its talons, and crossed swords behind an Iron Cross to its breast. The Iron Cross is detailed in black enamel. Beneath this, fixed to the front of the center band, is a stamped aluminum, open-topped wreath of oak leaves, bound at its base and encompassing a cockade. The black rayon center band features machine embroidered mobile swastikas alternating with shields, within which are "Kyffhäuser" monuments (a monument to a united Germany located in Saxony). Fixed by the black-painted, convex metal buttons positioned over each ear is a blackened leather chin strap, with two black-painted metal adjusting buckles along its length. The interior of the cap is fully lined in mid-blue rayon, and features a tan leather sweatband. Ink stamped, in silver, to a celluloid diamond sewn to the interior crown is "Deutscher," "Reichskriegerbund," "Kyffhäuser," and "(ges. geschutzt)" (for "gesetzlich geschützt," or, by-law protected). Roughly a size 56. Cap is near mint and still has its original tissue paper from the maker. Nice!
GRADE ****3/4 PRICE $476.00 (Or Best Offer)
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