A good one !
Thanks for the feedback. I've had a couple others look at this cap and they said the eagle was not original to the cap (replaced post war), and the wreath was replaced as well. Do you agree or do you think all is original to the cap?
Thanks for the insight. Knowing that this cap was likely rebuilt post war, what do you think I should pay for it (what would you pay if you were me)?
Pionier caps are not common and this is a handsome cap, otherwise. I do not know the prices of army caps, other than on high end dealer sites.
I will let Ben VK or the others comment. It is a nice piece all the same. Someone skilled can fix the badges for you carefully.
The badges are not positioned properly and are likey not the ones the cap orginaly had but who cares really.
As I tried to explain on the other forum, hand embroidered aluminium wire or "bullion" badges were very costly to buy and much desired during the period. A fact nearly completely overlooked these days.
The hat itself is a fine original with the only issue that I can see being that the front spring has probably worked loose which has made the peak hang down.
The Muetzensteg or the support piece for the crown is damaged, or broken from poor storage, since the Schellenberg caps are very saddle shape, with a tall crown. Master Ben knows how to fix these, of course. All these problems are pretty normal. Or, you save your money and wait for another cap, which will also come along quite soon, without any signs of age. However, the cap has a nice interior, which is a criterion here, too, is it not?
I find the removal of the badges to be a total non issue, truth be told. How often have I seen it in real life? Many, many times.
Thanks guys, for your thoughts. Ben, I misunderstood your meaning in the other forum. I thought you were referring to the hand stitching of the eagle onto the cap, not the actual embroidery of the emblems themselves. My bad
I'll probably pass on this cap since I have no clue as to a fair price and don't want to overpay.