The keys are usually associated with night watchmen. This appears to be a Weimar-era cap.
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I'm sure not intended to be funny but it really is....the Night Watchman's cap. Has got to be rare.
Is $300 US too much for the condition and rarity of this item?
I'd pay that much. I think it's really cool.
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I think $300 is very reasonable, and the market for obscure TR civil caps is strengthening!
The term "Wach- und Schließgesellschaft" (and minor variations thereof) was and is used in the corporation names of various private security companies.
Their history is more than a century long by now: The first "Wach- und Schließinstitut" was founded in Hanover in 1901; the Wach- und Schließgesellschaften of Munich and Berlin were founded the next year, in April and June 1902 respectively.
The crossed keys - in a variety of design variations - are the traditional symbol of such corporations and are still used today. As a wholly random example, here is the site of the Wiesbadener Wach- und Schließgesellschaft (est. 1907):
Wir über uns - wachundschliess.de
A Google image search for "Wach und Schließgesellschaft Logo" or a similar term will turn up many more examples.
Last edited by HPL2008; 04-05-2014 at 09:54 AM.
Thanks for the inofo gentlemen. They say the best time to purchase is when you see it, (of course I wait for the experts opionions on here first now) so I did order it. I'll put better photo's on when I receive it. The website also posted a TR Mining officials visor on their website as well. They have great stuff and have never had any problems with them.
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Thanks so much!