GERMAN THIRD REICH PANZER BERET.
One of the hardest to find items of WWII German Army headdress is the complete Panzer beret unit. These were a pre Nazi era item of headdress, they extended into service into the early years of the war and could be seen extensively used during the blitzkrieg phase of WWII. Many of the few that do survive are in mint unissued stored condition, however this example shows clear signs of use and age. The outer beret has suffered a little from moth and there is some wear to the nap of the wool revealing the characteristic spiral weave of these berets. The insignia is lightly toned to the front and an excellent matching set, all black backed with off white thread throughout. The lining is excellent with a little depression from storage to the centre of the dome, however this does not show on display. There is excellent Clemens Wagner label to the underside of the oilskin lining. The all leather headband is complete throughout. All rubber vent buffers are present, there are just one or two small areas of tearing to the very edges of the oilcloth, again this does not greatly interfere with the display-ability of the hat. The lower band of the Panzer beret has some areas of moth nipping and some insect holing. This item has been extensively treated and now the condition is absolutely stable. An unquestionably real example of an exotic and rare item of wehrmacht headdress.