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HG-116a

German Reichs Level Political Leader (or Ordensburg Staff )

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  • $ 1,795


German Reichs Level Political Leader (or Ordensburg Staff )- A real intriguing cap piped in the golden yellow cord that identified the Reichs Level of Political Administration. The light tan colored very fine ribbed Trikot fabric is in great condition – no mothing of any significance, and quite clean. The yellow piping is also very good. Though not as yellow as the usual gold piping, it is super high quality cord. The cap has the standard post-1938 pattern gilt Political eagle, and Political Leader’s wreath. The cap’s medium reddish-brown velvet cap band is in fine condition itself - though there’s evidence of an angled split in the underlying cap band stiffener and this creates an angular crease in the band on the right side. Nonetheless, on a head form this would not be especially noticeable since the tension will straighten out the band to a sufficient degree that the line will become nearly unnoticeable. The twisted Officer chin cords are in real gold bullion, toned moderately dark – these are most common on 1939 vintage caps, sometimes – but more rarely – on later caps, as well if the wearer did not shift to the required celleon when the regulations changed. The cap has the very rarely encountered flexible leather visor with a reddish-brown (thin lacquer coat), which retains a slight gloss. Both visor ends have lost some threads and are a tad loose as a result, though most of the center portion remains secure. The visor leather has stiffened slightly over time, but has not warped. The natural leather sweatband is dark reddish-tan and in very good condition with only darkening from normal wear and a very small tear at the end of the visor on one side. The band is marked horizontally in pen with a number sequence on one side which upon further review and based on other markings on the liner, we believe to be a prop inventory number. The gold rayon lining is marked "20th Century Fox Men's Wardrobe", superimposed "W.C.C. #65" and on one side with the type of headgear (“German Political Leader”) hand printed in English. The side lining is in sound condition, and the cap has a fully intact diamond-shaped moisture shield. It is about a size 57. Very interesting piece.