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S021876 FEUERSCHUTZPOLIZEI NCO'S OVERSEAS CAP.(Feldmütze)
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. The police NCO’s overseas cap was originally introduced on July 7TH 1937 and was utilized for the duration of the war. The Feuerschutzpolizei, (Fire Protection Police), were distinguished from other police personnel with navy blue uniforms and headgear as opposed to the police green uniforms of the other police agencies. Of Note: A Himmler directive in November 1938 dictated that the Urban Fire Protection Police exchange their blue uniforms for the new police green uniforms. The Police were divided into eight assorted branches of service with each branch being assigned a specific identifying, truppenfarbe, (Branch of Service Color), with the Feuerschutzpolizei being allocated carmine truppenfarbe which was generally displayed as piping on NCO’s overseas caps. The insignia on the police overseas caps consisted of the second pattern police eagle as introduced on June 25TH 1936. Although wear of the national tri-color cockade was contrary to regulations it was a fairly common practice. An Officers version of the overseas cap was officially introduced in the autumn of 1939 and was distinguished from NCO’s caps by the inclusion of bright silver/aluminum piping to the crown and scalloped edging. Police Officers holding the rank of Polizei-Leutnant to Generaloberst der Polizei were responsible for purchasing their own uniforms and headgear and could purchase them through the SS-Kleiderkasse, (Clothing Account), system which was originally established in Munich in 1935. The Officers were allotted a one time clothing allowance from the government with the amount varying depending on the individuals rank. The ranks of Polizei Unterwachtmeister to Polizei-Obermeister were issued their uniforms although they could also choose to purchase privately tailored garments of higher quality although the price may have been restrictive. The German Police had no enlisted ranks with the lowest rank being an Unterwachtmeister which was equivalent to the German army rank of Unteroffizier.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice quality, navy blue, wool/rayon blend construction overseas cap features fold down side and back panels with gently sloping, downward scallops to the front and forward sides. The top has carmine wool truppenfarbe piping. The front center of the cap has a machine woven, second pattern, (circa June 1936-May 1945), wreathed, police style national eagle with out-stretched wings, clutching a wreathed, canted, swastika in it’s talons, in white rayon threads on a, woven, deep navy blue, trapezoidal, rayon base. The insignia is original hand stitching to the cap. The interior of the cap is fully lined in black rayon. Roughly a size 58. (Ex Philippe Gillain Collection)
GRADE ****1/4 PRICE $399.00 (Or Best Offer)
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