BACKGROUND: Uniform and headgear regulations for Nazi political leaders were addressed as early as 1920, with the standard headgear at that time being a Kepi-style cap. The political uniform and headgear regulations subsequently underwent numerous modifications, and in January of 1934 a visor cap, based on the army style, was introduced for wear. This 1934 visor cap also underwent modifications until a final pattern was introduced in July of 1939. The NSDAP was structured in four ascending levels of government, consisting of the "Ortsgruppe," the "Kreisleitung," the "Gauleitung," and the "Reichsleitung," with each group being distinguished by a specific color of piping on the collar tabs and visor cap.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Cap is constructed of ribbed, light tan cotton/rayon blend material with a light brown velvet centerband. Cap has black wool piping to crown edge and top and bottom of centerband indicating the political Kreisleitung level. Fronr center of cap has a 1937 pattern, stamped alloy, fired gilted, left facing, national eagle in place. Front center of centerband has a 1939 pattern, stamped alloy, fire gilted, oak-leaf wreath encompassing a three piece, political style national tri-color cockade. Cockade features a fluted red enamel base, a silver washed roundel and a cut-out, canted black enamel swastika. Fire gilted finish to wreath and enamel work to cockade are both fully retained. Both the wreath and eagle would have been period upgraded in 1937 & 1939 as the regulations changed. Cap has a twisted, gilt bullion chincord, attached by two, small, pebbled, gold washed, alloy buttons. Cap has mid-brown leather visor with protective lacquered finish. Interior of cap is fully lined in gold/tan rayon. Crown lining retains its original clear celluloid sweat diamond. Lining is size inkstamped beneath the sweat diamond, "58". Interior of cap has a full tan leather sweatband with ventilation perforations to front. Reverse of sweatband also has a tan oilcloth RZM tag with white printed script black serial numbers and inkstamped manufacturers numerical code. Script to tag includes the RZM logo and designation, "Tuchmütze", (Cloth Cap). Exterior of cap is in overall very good condition with light age and usage soiling and a small hole to the top. Nice, (1938-39), transitional type cap with pre-1939 black piping and post-1937/1939 insignia.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $1,488.00

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