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German fire? M43 style cap. But which era?

Article about: Hi guys! I read some forums about comparing wartime/post-war M43 caps. I read that original M43 caps has stiffener on the front, and the piping is looks like a teardrop, not oval. My cap has

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    Hi guys!

    I read some forums about comparing wartime/post-war M43 caps. I read that original M43 caps has stiffener on the front, and the piping looks like a teardrop, not oval. My cap has both nature. You can see the two small holes of the insignia. I think it's post war, but I don't know the era. Early post-war piece and fire cap?

    Thanks!

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    It's odd that the interior shows fading and heavy use while the exterior looks almost mint...
    Glenn

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    Thanks! Yes, it's dirty inside, but there are some worn areas outside too. For example bruises on one button. The originality of the cap is no doubt for me, only the era.

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    I like the liner-material, it matches the lining of wartime pieces that I own...But the gray linerband indicates postwar era, so I'd be inclined to speculate that this is an early postwar Feuerwehr/Fire Department cap...Just my opinion. It's an attractive cap, would display nicely with proper insignia...
    cheers, Glenn

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    Thank you Glenn, I agree. But if somebody thinks something else, please tell!

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    Ball point pen used to write the initials on the inside. Not much help to date it as this could have been added yesterday but just pointing it out.
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    Yes, but might "grandpa" wrote it in, when used it in the factory after taking it out from service.

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    The initials don't tell us anything about the date of this cap...could have been done by a kid a few years ago...
    Glenn

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    Yes, I wanted to refer to this.

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    Quote by levaid View Post
    Yes, but might "grandpa" wrote it in, when used it in the factory after taking it out from service.
    Used it in a factory? And then no grease or dirt?
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