BACKGROUND: On June 17TH 1936, Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler was appointed to the newly created position of Chef der Deutschen Polizei im Reichsministerium des Innern, (Chief of the German Police in the National Ministry of the Interior), effectively giving him full control of all police agencies within Germany including the Feuerschutzpolizei, (Fire Protection Police). As a result of this appointment and the restructuring of all the separate German state police into a single national police force new regulations were instituted to bring about uniformity in dress for all police through-out the country.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Weimar period, transitions Bayeren Feuerwehr visor cap. Nice quality, Feuerschutzpolizei NCO’s visor cap features a navy blue doeskin wool body, a violet colored velvet centerband and Feuerschutzpolizei carmine wool truppenfarbe, (Branch of service color), to the crown edge and both the top and bottom edges of the centerband. The front center of the cap has a three piece national tri-color cockade consisting of a black, fluted, alloy base, a silver washed alloy roundel and an inset red felt central dot. The front center of the centerband has a nickel/silver plated, white frosted, first pattern, (pre-1936), stamped alloy, police eagle encompassed by a vertically oval oak-leaf wreath. The nicely detailed, left facing eagle features extended, tapered, pointed wing tips and is braze mounted on the vertically oval laurel leaf wreath with the eagles wings extending beyond the outer edges of the wreath. The detailing includes feathering to the wings, veins to the laurel leafs and a pebbled field to the swastika. The insignia retains about 95% of its original nickel/silver plated and white frosted finishes and is still quite clean and bright. The cap has a blackened patent leather chinstrap intact with two, black painted, rectangular, magnetic sheet metal, sliding length adjustment buckles. The chinstrap is secured to the cap by two, small, black painted smooth surface magnetic sheet metal buttons. The cap has a black lacquered vulcanfibre visor with a raised lip to the forward edge. The interior of the cap is fully lined. The crown lining has a intact, clear celluloid sweat diamond machine stitched in place. Size marked 58. Complete original Alkor sweatband. Great cap!     (Ex Philippe Gillain Collection)

GRADE ****1/2                                                 PRICE $450.00

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