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M-43 Luftwaffe Cap or Fake?

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    I have had this M-43 Luftwaffe cap since 1965. I would like anyone's opinion on whether it is genuine or not. This stuff was so common when I was a kid that it seems it would have been pointless to make fakes back then. Was there even a fake industry in the mid 1960's? The makers stamps are a bit indistinct but it does appear to say 1944 on the inside. I have never worn it and the sweat is original. Just curious.

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    Default Re: M-43 Luftwaffe Cap or Fake?

    Hi, and welcome to the forum!

    it is a nice original.

    There was a fake industry even back then, but the items that were copied tended to be high value items.

    This type of cap was the first I ever bought, aged 16, with my first weeks wages from work. Cost 10 back then in 1977.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    I have had this M-43 Luftwaffe cap since 1965. I would like anyone's opinion on whether it is genuine or not. This stuff was so common when I was a kid that it seems it would have been pointless to make fakes back then. Was there even a fake industry in the mid 1960's? The makers stamps are a bit indistinct but it does appear to say 1944 on the inside. I have never worn it and the sweat is original. Just curious.
    Hi there,nice original cap and good to see an un-touched insignia on it!As for a fake industry,that began in 1945,even the original producers of awards kept on "knocking them out" for the occupying troops to take home as souveniers. Leon.

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    Thanks Adrian, I appreciate your expertise on this subject.
    DB

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    Thank you for your opinion on my cap. I am so glad there are experts out there willing to help identify this stuff.
    DB

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    Nice cap, the staining on the inside is mostly like from the owners hair tonic, or just sweat and dirt.

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    Indeed. The way the rayon lining looks with sweat/dirt etc is rather distinctive and always a good sign.

    Cheers, Ade.
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