If the vet did bring one back, this isn't it. Unfortunately, many vets have hat their german war booty unknowingly swapped out by unscrupulous collectors over the years.
These hats don't go back that far. I cannot recall seeing them prior to the pre-ban heyday of Ebay--they were available in droves. They all have the milky-white sweatdiamonds with poorly copied logos and bogus SS officer names typed on a slip of paper.
They also don't hold up to their "advertising", as this one lacks the Frischluft vent system and the stirndruckfrei feature (cushioned sweatband).
As F-B points out with his pictures (which are worth much more than a thousand words), there simply is no comparison. There isn't even a real part in these things--they are fakes from the ground up.
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Hi, and welcome to the forum!
I can only concur with my forum comrades here: it is a Latvian made fake. I find the wool used on these has a very distinctive look to the weave. It is heavy with an almost "knitted" look to it. This shows up well in the shot of the lower edge of the cap.
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Some how I missed this thread. I must agree with everything that has been said with this cap. Unfortunately, it is not a good fake.
LIFE'S LOSERS NEVER LEARN FROM THE ERROR OF THEIR WAYS.
it's a Latvian fake yes... a bad copy
the colored waffen ss caps are a true holy grail...
Let us please not have just another "SS pipes" thread.
This colored piping nonsense is so endless, and what, do tell me, does it produce?
The evidence in this thread is so weighty as to put the whole issue totally in the grave.
I should find a deep hole, put my collection in it, and blow it all up on You Tube and make the "scull" and "SS pipes" people watch same for twenty years, with their eye balls held open with cupal clips.
Last edited by Friedrich-Berthold; 03-03-2012 at 08:08 PM.
Clockwork Orange springs to mind..