S001581 EM/NCO'S M43 FIELD CAP. (Einheitsfeldmütze M43)
BACKGROUND: The field-grey M43 field cap was originally introduced in the German army on June 11TH 1943 as a replacement cap for other field caps then in use, and adopted for wear in the Waffen-SS on October 1ST 1943. The design of the M43 field cap was based on the earlier M42 Feldmütze, (Overseas cap), and the Mountain Troopers Bergmütze, (Mountain Cap), with minor variations. On its introduction a black version was also introduced for wear by Panzer personnel. EM/NCO ranks M43 caps were un-piped while the Officer’s version was issued with white piping for the ranks of SS-Untersturmführer to SS-Standartenführer and the ranks of SS-Oberführer to Reichsführer-SS, utilized silver/aluminum piping. This example is an EM/NCO’s M43 field cap that has been upgraded to Officers ranks of SS-Oberführer and above by the addition of silver/aluminum piping to the crown edge. The piping appears to have been period applied.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Field-grey wool/rayon blend construction cap with a subtle whipcord weave features fold down back and side panels with a scalloped front edge and forward sides and two small pebbled, magnetic sheet metal button retainers. The back and side panels were designed to be folded down to protect the wearers ears and neck and the scalloped front section could be secured with the buttons closed under the wearers chin. The front center of the cap has a late war, single piece SS cap insignia trapezoid as introduced in 1944. The insignia consists of a BeVo woven SS eagle and skull in matte silvery/grey threads on a field-grey woven rayon trapezoid base. The skull is the second and final pattern with a single row of teeth. The trapezoid has been machine stitched restored to the cap by opening up the liner by the visor (see bottom photo). The cap has a fabric covered forward visor with an internal cardboard stiffener, a small raised lip to the top of the forward edge and a row of reinforcement stitching to the bottom of the forward edge. The interior of the cap is fully lined in grey cotton/rayon blend material. The lining is well size marked "57" & "M43". Nice original M43 with restored insignia.
GRADE ****1/4 PRICE $1,800.00
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