Thank you for responding back Mr. GoodOldGerman. I'd just like to point out if this was an original it would've been a late war example and thus wouldn't of had to possess the "[golden interior] SS runes, nameplate, identification label, size marking, producer, etc.". Minus the triple serial number Mr. Stonemint pointed out--which I originally missed...good eyes sir and thank you--this is exactly what one would expect to find.
As for your question regarding condition, old items are uncovered almost daily in similar condition. So yes, I do think these caps can still be in perfect condition. In fact, other than the sweatband which according to Mr. Stonemint is almost 70 years old itself, the rest of the cap is likely made of materials left over from the war...hints why I think it's a little better than a "middle class fake".
Every so often this debate comes up and all I can say is you'll find items a month old that can look 70 years old while 70 year old items can look as if they were made yesterday.
10-30-2015 05:34 AM
Here's a well preserved original late-war SS example void of all markings, nameplates and tags though the size is still somewhat present--many times it isn't.