This was once my cap, in fact, and the dealer replaced the chin strap. It had a military chin strap. This piece originated in the US in the 1960s together with a black SS uniform from a different Standarte, and was my property for more than two decades. I still have the uniform, but it is from a Hansa city and not the Ruhr as this cap. I sold it via a dealer, and it is now in Scandinavia. Another cap of mine that I found in Vienna in 1998 and sold again to a collector, who sold it to a dealer is also for sale in no. Europe I actually sold the black cap for USD 4000, so no one is making much of a profit here, in fact. The thing is completely real, with original insignia and the man's name from the Standarte 25. What a small wold it is....
Happy purchase. Put back a military chin strap and it will be whole again, or leave it. I am sure it always had the military chin strap, but who really cares?
I also think the price is quite fair, since these caps cost much more now in the US, sometimes 50% more. I never replaced the sweat band, but it would not be difficult to do, if you sent it to Ben VK and found a good substitute.
Last edited by Friedrich-Berthold; 09-05-2011 at 07:18 PM.
This ex cap of mine is also for sale in Norway or was thus. It costs now a lot more than I ever paid for it. The present collector gave it better badges, but it is also 100% authentic. I found it in Vienna in 1998 and sold it in the middle of the last decade for a fair profit. The ebb and flow of these things amuses me.
Hehe, indeed a small world! The cap is for sale on German militaria - iron cross, waffen ss, luftwaffe, paratrooper – Military Antiques Stockholm
The site doesn't tell lies, because they tell that the chinstrap is replaced.
It's still a nice hat.
Please do not get me wrong. I have thought it was a nice cap, too, but I have so many of these that I sold it, and you should buy it at such a low price, I think. A lot of SS stuff in continental Europe is fake, and this piece is completely real, even with the chin strap alteration. I never did so, because I leave things as they are, and the cap was once the property of a noted publisher of III. Reich secondary literature and another old line collector I have known since the 1960s. I saw the thing on von Lukacs site in Stockholm. Do buy it and you will not regret it, to be sure. Happy collecting.
von Lukacs has a good photographer. I wish he would make portraits of my foetid woolens.