This is only the second example of this type that I have ever owned. The extremely rare cap has a body of black wool that is in excellent condition! There is an absolutely tiny hole at the left front peak, right where it curves to meet the top panel. The top panel is not reinforced, but the sides of the body are. There is a skirt of black wool around the cap. The visor is also black wool. There are two black enamel ventilation grommets on each side. The insignia consists of the early, small (M-29) style eagle which is produced in nickel silver with a black swastika. It is firmly attached to the cap, with both prongs present. The Totenkopf was missing both prongs when we purchased the cap, but it was included. Now, thanks to our great friend Hobie P. of California, the prongs are professionally reattached and the Totenkopf remains firmly, permanently in place (Thanks Hobie!). It is produced in nickel silver as well with minor toning and verdigris present. The chinstrap is produced in black leather which shows some minor wear. It does remain soft and supple, as well as firmly attached to the cap by a pair of black finished buttons. The sides of the interior are lined in black cloth, while the upper portion of the interior is black rayon. There is a diamond shaped moisture shield which is nearly fully intact and has the gold screened, encircled double runes. There is a brown ersatz leather sweatband that is partially intact, with tears and scuffing. There is a large, oil cloth RZM tag on the back corner of the interior. This has maker and other information. The maker’s number is “4”, for Clemens Wagner of Braunschweig. The cap is a size 57. A spectacularly rare piece in great condition. This one is missing from many collections!
- Item #: HG-44