A magnificent quality mountain troop officers cap, approximately size 57, constructed in the very finest quality Melton cloth, apple green piped to the full circumference of the crown also the upper and lower sections of the standard dark green centre band, fitted with stamped nickel eagle, zinc type edelweiss badge, which has lost some of its finish and zinc type national cockade, which has also dulled slightly. Correct cap cords, pebbled silver side buttons, standard fibre visor with grey interior to the liner. The sweatband is of the slightly wider variety, all in grey leather, soft, supple and damaged. The interior lining in light silver grey. To the centre the complete undamaged centre celluloid lozenge with the silver blocked outline of the maker that utilised the form of the Third Reich cap with the eagle and swastika showing. In the name tag section the name ‘Erik Fuster 5./G.J.R16.’. Fine saddle shape form.
A very nice condition saddle shape officers visor cap constructed in officer quality material. Silver waffenfarbe to the crown, upper and lower sections of the mohair centre band, fitted with a matched set of untouched silver bullion wire Luftwaffe eagle and matching cockade. Standard officers cap cords in wire, matching side buttons. The peak is the commonly encountered version with the double ribbed edge. Some slight crazing to the finish of the visor. Two minor nicks to the silver waffenfarbe surrounding the crown of the cap. One small moth nick on the rear overhang where the material meets the mohair centre band. The interior of the front peak is the green cross hatched version. The sweatband is of the slightly larger grey leather with its interior orange cushion in the forehead area, which quite commonly solidifies or liquefies, this is in its correct untouched form. The interior grey rayon lining untouched with a complete centre celluloid lozenge with the silver printed logo underneath the celluloid ‘Verkaufs-Abteilung Der Luftwaffe Berlin SW65’. Large size with its original size ticket stamped ‘57’ sewn into the join of the liner on the interior rear of the cap.
A mint example of the Bar to the WWI Iron Cross 1st class. Non maker marked but we believe it to be manufactured by the Company B.H.Mayer having all of its silver matt frosting within the arms of the eagle and parts of the lower field with frosted highlights to the wing tips, edge of the wreath and edge of the date block. Straight pin on the reverse side, in its original fitted case, which shows some light age foxing to the silk of the upper inner lid. The exterior of the box is mint with a bright silver outline of the award to the exterior lid of the case.
A very nice high quality soft red cloth armband with a multi constructed black swastika stitched to a white field, subsequently stitched to the red band cloth. Complete with its original blue on cream RZM paper label to the interior.
A badly mothed Army General’s breast eagle, the gold bullion weave excellent, unfortunately at least 50% of the dark green surrounding wool has been eaten away by moth. This is definitely Army Generals and not a Coastal Artillery officers, the shading of the wool on the Coastal Artillery officers is generally lighter. Stitches remain where removed from a tunic with most of its paper backing still present.
A number ‘1’ stamped Deschler & Son War Service Cross 1st class with swords, very fine detail, good finish remaining, in its fitted presentation case, which is marked ‘Deschler & Son, Munchen’ to the upper inner lid silk. Remainder of the box good with minor scuffed corners, in its original titled cardboard case, which reads to the outside ‘Kriegs Verdienstkreuz 1.klasse’. some light tears to the box but generally all intact.
An extremely nice condition semi saddle shape, pre war construction Luftwaffe signals mans or NCOs visor cap. Constructed in the Luftwaffe issue fluffy material, brown piping for the signals section of the Luftwaffe to the full circumference of the crown, the upper and lower sections of the mohair centre band. The cap is totally free of any moth damage. A lovely matching set in the colour of the Luftwaffe eagle and national cockade. Twin rounded edge buckles to the chinstrap. The peak has the most commonly encountered double ribbed edged style. The interior light tan leather sweatband showing evidence of extremely minor wear use. The interior lining, which is a combination of russet brown, waterproof crown lining and a matt cotton rust coloured inner lining. Complete with its undamaged centre celluloid lozenge, stamped size ‘57’ with the cap maker’s name of ‘Felix Weissbach Mutnzenfabrik’ plus address and date ‘1937’ below the celluloid lozenge. Very heavily stamped in ink to the interior of the lining ‘L.N.E.A.II’ ( Luftwaffe Nachrichten (signals ) unit plus number ‘14’ large date ‘1938’. The rubber orange cushion that normally sits behind the forehead area of the sweatband has crumbled and slight residue of the orange cushion can be seen in and around the interior of the cap.
An excellent pair of citations to an SS Obersturmfuhrer Franz Robl of SS Panzer Jager Abteilung 7 being the field type citation for the Iron Cross 2nd Class dated ’24.2.1944’ with unit rubber stamp visible. Pen signed by an SS Obersturmfuhrer and Unit Adjutant, unidentified, on behalf of the Commanding General of the Division Artur Phelps. Accompanying this rare citation is another field type citation which unfortunately is very faint awarding SS Obersturmfuhrer Franz Robl the Croat Order of the Crown of King Zwonomir III with swords, issued December 1943 with unit issue rubber stamp and identical signature from the officer who signed the Iron Cross 2nd class citation. During December 1943 to the end of January 1944 the Division was engaged in heavy fighting against Marshall Tito’s communist partisans as part of Operation Schneegestoeber.
Mint unused condition Dachau produced Totenkopf collar patch, classic Dachau grey embroidery on its black material, which is as smooth as a velvet. Standard buckram backing.
A very nice condition size 56 marine veterans cap. The veterans caps with silver insignia for the army are relatively easy to find, with gold insignia for the naval veterans is far more difficult. This near mint example with beautiful quality cloth, all gilding to the Veterans Association eagle and cockade perfect with frosted highlights. Undamaged enamel to the black Iron Cross to the centre of the eagle, soft leather crushable peak, patent leather cap band with anchor side buttons. To the inside blue silk lining complete with its centre celluloid lozenge having the gold blocked ‘M-Bundesmutze’ with the maker’s name in gold. The sweatband is in good bright tan leather, virtually unworn.
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