S003283 OFFICER’S M40 OVERSEAS CAP. (Feldmütze neuer Art)
BACKGROUND: The first pattern SS overseas cap was introduced in June 1934 for wear by EM/NCO’s serving with the Allgemeine-SS, (General-SS), the SS-Totenkopfverbände, (SS-Death’s Head Units), and the SS-Verfügungstruppe, (SS-Special Purpose Troops), which were to become the cadre of the Waffen-SS, (Armed-SS). In 1937 an earth grey version of the first pattern cap was introduced and worn until a second pattern overseas cap was introduced on November 1ST 1940. The M40 overseas cap was similar in cut to the Luftwaffe’s "schiffchenform", (boat-form), overseas cap and was worn for the duration of the war.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Period upgraded from EM/NCO’s to officer by the addition of hand applied, partial, twisted silver wire piping. Field-grey wool/rayon blend construction M40 overseas cap with fold down side and back panels that slope gently downwards to the front center. The front center of the cap has a second pattern, (circa 1936), machine woven, SS eagle in silvery/grey threads on a cut-out, woven black rayon base. The front center of the fold down panels has a 1934 pattern, machine woven Totenkopf in silvery/grey threads with black accents threads on a cut-out woven black rayon base. Both the eagle and the Totenkopf are neatly, original, handstitched to the cap. There are no longer any visible markings, they are most probably there but now obscured by age or wear. Cap is roughly a size 60. Excellent untouched original Waffen SS cap in a nice large size.
GRADE **** PRICE $2,695.00
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