N042380 HJ "1933" PATTERN FIELD CAP. (HJ Dienstmütze)

BACKGROUND: The Hitler Youth may be traced back to March of 1922, with the formation of the "Jugendbund der NSDAP" (Youth-league of-the NSDAP), under control of the SA. In April of 1924 the "Jugendbund der NSDAP" was renamed "Grossdeutsche Jugendbewegung" (Greater-german Youth-movement), and in July of 1926 the "Grossdeutsche Jugendbewegung" was officially renamed "Hitlerjugend Bund der deutschen Arbeiterjugend" (Hitler-youth League of-the german Worker-youth). Prior to 1925, an assortment of uniform items were worn by "Hitler Jugend" members, mainly consisting of a white shirt and HJ armband. In an attempt to associate themselves more closely with the Nazi Party, the HJ adopted the NSDAP brown shirt in 1925. The earliest known headgear worn by the Hitler Youth was a soft, civilian style visor cap, and a beret, that were utilized as early as 1926. Uniform regulations of 1933 discontinued both of these early caps, replacing them with a new visor cap.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A light weight, ribbed tan cotton twill construction visor cap. The cap features a one-piece circular crown, piped in blue for Oberbann 4, a body with seams to each of its cardinal points, a one-piece centerband whose vertical seam is to the right side, and a cloth-covered visor. To the forward seam line of the body is a first pattern (circa 1927), die stamped alloy, spread-winged eagle with a wreathed, mobile swastika in its talons. Attached to the centerband is an enameled HJ badge. The short, extended visor has an internal stiffener. Fixed by the black-painted, convex metal buttons positioned over each ear is a black leather chin strap. The interior of the cap is fully lined in copper-colored cotton, and features a wide leather sweatband. Cap is roughly a size 54/55. Nice original RZM tag. Very nice, worn and used, untouched cap.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $

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