Kriegsmarine Hat-Real or Fake?
I found this hat in a pile of items I purchased at a sale. I just assumed it was a fake or repo until I saw what looks like a third reich eagle printed on the underside of the leather band in the hat, making me curious about its authenticity. I would greatly appreciate anyone with knowledge of these type of hats to share your thoughts. I've attached photos for your review.
Here's what I know-I apologize in advance for my lack of knowledge on the hat parts names.
Maker Albert Kempf KG Wuppertal-Vohwinkel
Leather inner band with a silver imprint repeat pattern on reverse side of leather with numbers, lines of some sort, and what looks like a third reich eagle. Blue lining darker in spots from sweat. A broken chin strap. A black, hard plastic piece underneath the leather band.
Thanks a lot!
10-04-2014 03:36 AM
I might be wrong these are also minefield as they are same style of WW2 ones that points to BM (Bund Marine) from what I can see. Post war West German one that has not been Nazified yet. Other than the KM band. timothy
Indeed, it's of quite recent manufacture, although
the tally might be a good one.........
Nice early Bundesmarine cap. The cockade is the gold/red/black BRD type and the label is clearly a BM issue type. These are however, relatively scarce as they haven't been in use for some time, the German navy ( now known as the Deutsche Marine, not the Bundesmarine) has for a long time now only used white top caps. Would look great, and very collectable, with the fake KM ribbon removed and a correct BM ribbon for the period attached.