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Ref #: R-HAD-HAT-1
Heer EM's tropical overseas cap with soutache for Panzer troops.
This is a scarce cap made at the very tail end of the period in which branch soutaches were factory applied; this one appears to be so.
Very well size and maker marked by Clemens Wagner in March of 1942.
Condition: 8

Ref #: C-HAD-HAT-2
This is an original SS kepi dating from the early 1930’s. This form of black/white twist cord around the crown was introduced for the rank of SS-Sturnfuhrer in the fall of 1931, and the kepi as a form of head dress was largely abandoned by 1934.
Close examination of the piping and its application reveals it to be a hand-applied addition which I believe to be of the period.
The cord is a single rather than double twist which is composed of silk or rayon, and is sewn directly beneath the row of black wool piping original to the caps construction.
Moth holes reveal this piping to have a core of brown twist cord.
A further moth hole on the cap’s crown allows viewing of a layer of loose white "cheese cloth" between the black wool of the crown and the piping; this feature is typical of headgear of the period. The body of the kepi is reinforced with a treated semi-rigid layer of buckram, visible beneath the sweatband.
This material allowed for a more relaxed and soft look than the fibre-board sometimes used.
The lining to the crown and sides is a light brown cotton, which I’ve also observed in early SA kepis. Double black enamelled eyelets with bend-over retainers act as ventilators on each side of the cap. Vents of this exact and rather unique type are observed on other early kepis.
The sweatband is folded-over leather machine sewn in place, and is slightly narrower than that normally found in peaked caps, but is typical of that found in kepis.
The number “104” has been pencilled on the underside of the sweatband for an unknown reason.
The turn-ups, or flaps, on the exterior are rather loose fitting and have the unusual feature of having a seem in the back, which is not often seen on kepis.
Insignia consists of a 1929 pattern NSDAP eagle and “Danziger” pattern skull between which is a black painted metal stud attached with split brads.
Similar studs retain the black lacquered leather chin strap.
None of these elements show any sign of having been replaced.
Overall, the kepi exhibits signs commensurate with daily wear, exposure to weather, and the passage of time.
There is some scattered mothing and nap wear the the highlights, but overall the condition is very good. It should be noted that the cap is a rather small size, being a 52.
Condition: 7.5

Ref #: R-HAD-HAT-3
Heer EM's tropical overseas cap with soutache for smoke troops.
This is a scarce cap made at the very tail end of the period in which branch soutaches were factory applied; this one appears to be so.
The eagle appears to have been re-applied.
Very well size and maker marked by Clemens Wagner in May of 1942.
Condition: 8
Ref #: D-HAD-HAT-4
Black officer quality wool construction cap with originally applied aluminum officer piping.
BeVo type em/nco machine woven insignia Totenkopf, (Death’s Head) and SS style eagle in silver/grey threads on black rayon base.
The eagle and skull are neatly handstitched to the cap.
The interior in a typical grey/black cotton material with initial patch "UK".
Partial leather liner for the forehead.
The cap is roughly size 56-57.
The cap is in overall very good condition.
Condition: 8


Ref #: D-HAD-HAT-5
Offered is a cavalry branch-piped Waffen SS officer's visor cap; an extremely rare cap in used but excellent condition!
Although branch piping on visor caps was authorized for only a brief period in 1940, photographic evidence suggests that they were procured and worn right up until 1945.
This is a privately-purchased cap by an as of yet unidentified firm which used a logo consisting of the letters CG below a bear, above Deutsche Wertarbeit. The sweatdiamond is missing, and very little of the silver foil of the logo remains, although it can clearly be seen where it was. Apart from the logo, the interior is identical to an issue "Kleiderkasse" piece.
There are several small holes in the lining, as well as a few scattered pinholes in the fieldgrey top. The piping is very slightly faded on the crown, but is otherwise quite bright, especially under the overhang.
The cords are the wartime celeon type and the insignia consists of a zinc political eagle above a zinc Overhoff skull. Both retain most of their original silver wash, and their pins do pierce the lining (there is no evidence of any other insignia having been on this cap).
It was not unusual to see SS personnel wearing the eagles of other TR organizations.
The size is about a 55-56.
Condition: 7.5 - 8
$ 12,000

Ref #: D-HAD-HAT-6
Nice quality, issued, black wool construction visor cap with a whipcord weave a black, whipcord weave centerband and white wool waffenfarbe piping to the top crown edge and both the top and bottom edges of the centerband.
The internal crown stiffening wire has been removed but internal padding and a vertical stiffener to the front center are still intact and give the cap a nice, relaxed, saddle form shape with overlapping side panels.
The cap has a blackened, leather, chinstrap with two, black painted, sliding, rectangular, sheet metal, length adjustment buckles and a central, rectangular, sheet metal, joining clip.
The chinstrap is secured to the cap by two, small, black painted, smooth finish, sheet metal buttons. Could not see any markings on the reverse of the chinstrap. The cap has a forward, extended, black lacquered, vulcanfibre visor with a raised lip near the forward edge. The orangish/tan bottom edge of the visor has a subtle, repeating diamond patterned and is well marked with black inkstamped SS runes encompassed by the initials, "RZM".
The interior of the cap is fully lined with orangish/tan oil cloth to the crown and orangish/tan cheesecloth to the body.
The crown lining has the original, clear celluloid, sweat diamond fully intact.
The crown lining beneath the sweat diamond is well marked with the gilt printed, circular bordered, outline of the SS runes encompassed by a second circular border. The interior of the cap also has a wide, tan ersatz pressed paper sweatband with ventilation perforations to the front forehead section. The sweatband is complete but has numerous tears.
Original owners name and the number "525" are hand written to one side, of the sweatband. Oilcloth RZM/SS tag is missing.
Nice inkstamped date and location to the top inside liner "Koblenz 4. 38".
The cap is in overall good condition with minimal age and usage toning.
Cap has replaced insignia which is original but does not quite match the age and condition of the cap.
Still looks great for display purposes.
Condition: 7-8
Ref #: R-HAD-HAT-7
M41 tropical field cap as worn by Enlisted Ratings and NCO's of the Kriegsmarine.
The cap retains its original machine applied insignia.
The typical green cotton lining is marked with an RB number, dated 1943, and size marked 56- all in white ink.
Condition: 8-9
Ref #: R-HAD-HAT-8
Heer EM's tropical overseas cap with soutache for artillery.
This is a scarce cap made at the very tail end of the period in which branch soutaches were factory applied; this one appears to be so.
Very well size and maker marked by Clemens Wagner in March of 1942.
Condition: 8
$ 1,150
Ref #: D-HAD-HAT-9
Army Panzer officer’s visor cap as worn by officers of the Panzertruppen.
Field-grey wool construction body and crown.
Dark green wool centerband with pink wool waffenfarbe piping to the top crown edge and both the top and bottom edges of the centerband.
The matching eagle and kokarde are aluminum. The kokarde is early nickel silver.
The cap has a twisted, silver/aluminum chin cord secured in place by two small silver pebbled metal buttons.
The vulcanfiber visor is in good condition.
The interior of the cap is fully lined of golden/tan rayon with tan leather sweatband.
Cap shows some scattered mothing on left side of eagle and two very small holes on top of crow.
The size is approximately 56-57.
Condition: 7
$ 1,700

Ref #: D-HAD-HAT-10
SS NCO'S visor cap futures field-grey wool/tricot blend construction a wide, black wool centerband and white wool piping to the top of the crown edge and both the top and bottom edges of the centerband.
Front center of the cap has a silver washed, stamped alloy, SS pattern national eagle and SS style Totenkopf, (Death’s Head).
Both the eagle and the skull retain about 70% of their silver washed finishes with small spots of moderate oxidization.
The cap has a glossy, blackened, patent leather, chinstrap with two black painted metal buttons.
The reverse of the chinstrap is well marked with the black inkstamped RZM l 34/89 (hard to read numbers) and SS runes.
The cap has a vulcanfibre visor and an orangish/ tan bottom.
The interior of the cap is fully lined with an orangish/tan cheesecloth lining to the body and an orangish/tan oil cloth lining to the crown.
The crown lining has the original, clear celluloid, sweat diamond.
Sweat diamond also has paper in Gothic Chr. Heinzmamm zabern and black ink stamped size 54 1/2
The cap is in very good condition.
Condition: 8

Ref #: D-HAD-HAT-11
The German Army Group "South" had just completed its conquest of Ukraine by the end of 1941, and was in a striking distance from the home territory of the Don Cossacks. By 22/07/1942, the Axis captured all of the northern banks of the lower Don River; in the coming days they drove deep to the south, in the direction of Caucasus. By the end of that year the front-line extended along the Caucasus range in the south, where it almost reached the borders of Georgia and the outskirts of the city of Ordzonikidze; the Germans managed to occupy almost the entire homeland of Don Cossacks as well as of Kuban Cossacks. Soon the very first local Cossack volunteers began to offer their services to the Germans, with the obvious hope of restoring the past freedoms and honours assigned to Cossacks during Czardom but unceremoniously abolished by the Bolsheviks. Lieutenant Colonel von Freitag-Loringhoven (the Intelligence Officer of Army Group "South") initiated the recruitment of the first Cossacks in the Cossack homelands, to serve in Cossack units subordinated to the Germans.
One of the first such units was formed from willing Don and Kuban Cossack renegades taken prisoner near Millerovo in southern Russia (in the summer of 1942), when a Wehrmacht Captain named Kandutsch (the Intelligence Officer of the 40-th Panzer Corps) suggested that Cossack collaborators might be useful in guarding of Soviet prisoners-of-war whose large volumes made them difficult to handle while the German combat units were more urgently required for combat duties rather than guarding of prisoners. The Cossacks who enlisted were formed into the Cossack Cavalry Squadron 1/82 of the 40-th Panzer Corps, under the leadership of a Cossack Captain named Zagorodnyy (later a recipient of the prestigious Iron Cross First Class).
HAT DESCRIPTION:                         
This is a former German / Russian Cavalry Officer’s hat.
Black wool exterior band and red wool crown with silvered aluminum crossing straps and few small holes on top of crown.
The insignia is a combination of silvered aluminum eagle and silver oak-leaf wreath and cockade in silver/aluminum wire threads and hand embroidered.
The interior is fully lined in black rayon.
Brown leather sweatband is poor condition shows heavy ware.
Larhe size is roughly size 57-58.
Hard to find original Cossack chat.
Condition: 7
$ 3,000
Ref #: R-HAD-HAT-12
Heer EM's tropical overseas cap with soutache for Cavalry.
This is a scarce cap with branch soutache factory applied.
The eagle cockade are originally machine applied.
Very well size and maker marked by Janssen & Co in 1941.
Condition: 8
$ 1,850
Ref #: R-HAD-HAT-13
Heer EM's tropical overseas cap with soutache for signals troops.
This cap was likely originally made without branch soutache, so it is probable that the soutache has been post-war applied.
Very well size and maker marked by Hans Brandt in 1942.
Condition: 8
$ 750

Ref #: R-HAD-HAT-14
This is a scarce example of an iconic piece of headgear which consists of a machine spun, black wool construction, detachable beret and a separate, black wool covered, protective crash helmet with a heavy internal padding.
The beret is woven in the correct pattern with the circular weave being clearly visible and the top crown retains its original small lappet.
The bottom edge of the beret has a dual-ply hem designed to help secure it to the crash helmet. The front center of the beret has an early, (Circa 1935-1939), machine woven national eagle which is positioned above a machine woven, oak-leave wreath and national tri-color cockade on black.
Both the eagle and wreath/cockade are originally hand-sewn to the beret.
The exterior of the crash helmet has a black wool covering with heavy, internal padding and a deep, horizontal, indentation near the bottom edge designed to insert the beret for a secure fit.
The beret still fits snugly on the crash helmet.
The crash helmet has six, large, evenly spaced, inserted, rubber ventilation grommets positioned around the middle of the body, each still retaining its original wooden "plug".
The interior of the crash helmet is fully lined in black oilcloth, cut and stitched into six equal triangular sections. The interior of the crash helmet also has a wide, brown leather sweatband fully intact.
Medium wear overall with no damage, and approx. a size 55.

Panzer wrap tunic and panzer pants available in UNIFORM section.
Condition: 7
Ref #: D-HAD-HAT-15
HJ Landjahr (HJ Farm Organization) field cap.
Light tan cotton twill construction visor cap with green piped crown.
Front center of the cap has a first pattern stamped silver national eagle and on the centerband is an enameled HJ membership badge.
Brown leather chin strap is affixed to the cap via two small brown painted buttons.
The interior of the cap is fully lined in copper colored rayon and brown leather sweatband.
Cap is a very nice large size 58.
Very Good condition!
Condition: 8
$ 1,300
Ref #: R-HAD-HAT-16
This is a late-war tropical Heer M-40 cap.
It retains its originally machine zigzag applied insignia, is size marked 56, and exhibits the late-war characteristics of an RF number rather than the more commonly encountered RB number, as well as a brown leather sweatband.
Hard to find variety of this cap!
Condition: 8