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. 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 on June 25TH 1936 to bring about uniformity in dress for all police through-out the country although it wasn’t until April 1ST 1937 that it was fully implemented. The Police were divided into eight assorted branches of service with each branch having a distinguishing truppenfarbe, (Branch of service color), that was displayed on the uniforms including the piping on the visor caps. Personnel serving with the Schutzpolizei des Reichs, (National Protection Police), were allocated green as their truppenfarbe color. Of Note: The German Police had no enlisted ranks with the lowest rank being an Unterwachtmeister which was equivalent to the German army rank of Unteroffizier. This Officer’s type of cap would have been worn by the ranks of Polizei Meister, (Leutnant), to the rank of Polizei Oberst serving with the Schutzpolizei.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Schutzpolizei des Reichs, Officer’s visor cap features slightly mottled police green wool/rayon blend body and crown with a brown velvet centerband and police green wool truppenfarbe piping, to the crown edge and to 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 natural aluminum roundel and an inset red felt central dot. The front center of the centerband has a silver washed, stamped, alloy, second pattern, (circa April 1936-May 1945), police eagle encompassed by a vertically oval oak-leaf wreath. The cap has an interwoven, twisted silver wire chin cord secured by two, small, silver washed, pebbled, alloy and magnetic sheet metal buttons. The cap is a "good news/bad news" example. The good news is that it a high quality Pekuro, the bad news is that both the visor and sweat band have been restored to the cap. Reverse of the restored leather sweatband has "IR 104" markings indicating it was harvested from an original Army visor cap. Cap displays fine from the exterior view. Size 54. Priced accordingly.

GRADE ***                             PRICE $476.00

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