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S018375 FEUERSCHUTZPOLIZEI NCO'S M43 FIELD CAP. (Einheitsfeldmütze M43)

BACKGROUND: The M43 field cap was originally introduced in the German army, for wear by all ranks, on June 11TH 1943 as a replacement cap for the other field caps then in use. On October 1ST 1943 the Police including the FschP. Feuerschutzpolizei, (Fire Protection Police), and the Waffen-SS also adopted the M43 field cap. 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. The Feuerschutzpolizei version of the M43 cap was manufactured in dark blue to match the uniforms. Officer’s ranks were distinguished by piping on the crown of the cap with silver piping for the Company and Field grade officers and gilt piping for General Officer’s ranks while NCO’s caps were not piped.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Deep navy blue wool/rayon blend construction cap features fold down back and side panels with a downward scalloped front edge and forward sides, and two black painted sheet metal button front closure. 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. Cap has its original two piece insignia with original hand stitching to the cap. The cap has an extended, cloth covered, forward visor with an internal stiffener and a single row of reinforcement stitching to the bottom of the forward edge. The interior of the cap is fully lined in rayon. Nicely Rbnr# marked and dated for 1943. Size marked 55. Shows lots of good period use and wear.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $695.00

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