The officer corps of the SS was also not especially large, actually, and it existed for what, in historical terms, was to be a brief period of time. Notice this man's SS number, and his cap ca. 1935 at a time when the officer corps of the SS was ca. 4850, and, in which year some 160 or so left the SS for various reasons, honorable and not.
Mr. Derek has included the tables of equipment for such persons, whereby certain officers had at least two caps, if I infer properly from the data, and I have read elsewhere that a cap was to last for x months (not several years...) etc. etc.
The issue of wartime rationing adds another factor, that is, one could not buy one's self twenty caps like the shoe locker of valley girls and such. Textiles were rationed.
The other independent variable is the percentage of such items destroyed during the war, and, of course, after the war.
My man Dinkel lived in the environs of Heidelberg, which was more or less spared the fate of, say, Cologne, or Pforzheim, or you name it, in which the regalia one sees in the photos was likely pulverized.
Last edited by Friedrich-Berthold; 09-15-2013 at 07:48 PM.
Here is an SSVT clothing locker in the epoch. A senior officer would have been more lavishly equipped.
This locker has more than the average, it seems to me, of caps and tunics etc.
If someone wants to know why our site leads the parade in the digital cavalcade, contrast this informative thread to the lord of the flies discourse found on the ding dong thingy, where one seeks knowledge in vain in the face of promiscuous chest thumping and nerve wracking digital grunts.
"No I don't think so because although I also covet it, it has no real value, no intrinsic qualities that say a piece of Cartier jewellery or a work of art has.
It really is lunatics only at that price for what is at the end of the day an old cap.
Its value dictated not ny what it is but by who wore it."
NEC SOLI CEDIT
Thanks, colleague, your enclosure is exactly what I had in mind with my generalizations about promiscuous chest thumping. Too droll.
Shea sold a 1935 era black officers cap for a princely sum in about 2005 or so which prompted the same kind of paroxysm of envy and self righteous abnegation.
It was a total bore then, and it is more of a bore in the present, where the class war, social friction thing has gone into over drive and most of us are faced with downward pressure on the social and economic scale.
The same process in another epoch gave rise to the NSDAP and the SS and we all know how that ended up.
If you find out who secured said cap, please let me know.
The Shea cap anno 2005 or so (I cannot recall actually when I bought it....) that caused a great spasm of indignation about greed and misplaced priorities......