S019475 POLIZEI 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 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. On its introduction a black version was also introduced for wear by Polizei crews serving in armored vehicles. Police NCO ranks M43 caps were un-piped while the Officer’s version were issued with silver/aluminum piping for the ranks of Polizei Meister to Polizei Oberst and gilt piping for the ranks of Polizei Generalmajor to Generaloberst der Polizei, inclusively. 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. Generally the early versions of the M43 cap came with a two button front retainer while the later versions reduced it to a single button.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Police green wool/rayon blend construction cap. Cap features fold down side and back panels with scalloped front with two pebbled sheet metal button closure. Buttons retain about 90% of their original green paint and have original stitching. Cloth covered visor, with internal stiffener with raised lip at top of forward edge. Internal visor stiffener has split in two pieces. Machine woven, second pattern police eagle and wreathed swastika in matte mouse grey threads, with national tri-color cockade, on a green woven rayon six sided base. Insignia is machine stitched to front center of cap. Interior fully lined in cotton/rayon. Nicely maker marked and size marked 53 ½. Shows the expected age, period use and wear.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $895.00 (Or Best Offer)

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