The Collector's Guide to Cloth Third Reich Military Headgear

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By Gary Wilkins, 2002. This book is a 'must have' book for any level headgear collector. Though designed to provide useful, practical information for novice collectors, the second half of the book is devoted to more advanced information on the cap makers themselves. Cap construction basics are covered, including materials and finishes (doeskin, Eskimo), and a brief overview of the individuals, equipment and procedures involved in manufacture. Descriptions of each type of cap (including lining and sweatband colors) for each service and comparisons with modern Bundeswehr and former East German headgear help novice collectors avoid costly mistakes. A series of Quick Reference Lists allow for a convenient check of questionable items when inspecting a potential purchase. The book details, for the first time in print, information on the Army Officer Kleiderkasse, interior markings such as D.R.G.M., Ges. Gesch., and the many generic labels: Stirndruckfrei, Meisterklasse, Sonderform, Erstklassig, Deutsche Wertarbeit, etc. The book includes a history of the German cap-making industry and a listing of more than 80 individual cap makers including August Schellenberg, Clemens Wagner, Peter Küpper, and others. Many are accompanied by product information, interior color details, makers mark illustrations and company histories with documents and period advertisements. Also revealed here for the first time is the history and final fate of that most famous of all companies, Robert Lubstein, maker of the renowned EREL-Sonderklasse caps. Includes a Foreword written by Bill Shea. You will never want to put this book away on your shelf. Includes 250+ color and black and white photographs. 416 pages. We have a limited number of signed (and personalized, if you wish) copies available so place your order today!

  • Item #: BK-19