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a badly damaged field cap...can it be saved ?

Article about: Hi I recently picked this cap up off e bay. The only photo showed the front of the cap. Which was a shame because I should have asked to see a picture of the back. A photo of the top was als

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    I lined my collection closet with cedar (Of course, I had to reline ALL the closets after the little woman saw how it turned out) since it's suppose to help and since someone else in the house can't stand the slightest smell of moth balls.

    Anton

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    Final pictures following a sunday morning spent working on the cap.

    The chin strap has been repaired and cleaned, kokardes added for a prussian officer and a few pictures taken in the sunlight.

    Interestingly the cap band is joined at the front rather than the back.

    The peak and sweatband had been repaired by a previous owner and sown back on with light blue cotton ? for some reason. That's now all sorted.

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    Tony, great job, looks very nice ! is the peak original to the body of the cap ? only I thought that the M17 Officers service cap had a Field grey visor ?......of course their are always exception to the rule.
    Prost ! Steve.
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    "The German Army is the perfectly adapted, perfectly running Machine. The difference is that the Germans are organised with a view to War...with the cold, hard, practical and business-like purpose of winning victories."
    G.W. Steevens - The Daily Mail (1897)

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    Hi Steve

    I agree that a text book example should be field grey peak with field grey chinstrap.

    Whether this example was originally made with a black peak is hard to say as the peak has been re-attached at some point. It is a leather one rather than fibre so I think that's quite promising in respect of it being original to the cap. It also fits well on the cap and is in tune with the sweat band on the cap.

    I notice the example shown at Kaiser's Bunker has a black peak which is also re-assuring (for me at any rate) in respect of maybe they were made with black peaks still in the the manufacturers stock.

    As in all cases never say never.................

    Also is that a reference book you are showing ? If so would you recommend it?

    Thanks for the valid points made.

    cheers

    tony

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    Tony, as I said, "exceptions to the rule " re/your cap.Re/reference books, these Huge coffee table type books,very informative, full of actual items in colour from collections all over the world, (but still wanting in various areas)......"Imperial German Field Uniforms and Equipment 1907-1918" three volumes, by "Johan Somers" published by "Schiffer Military History", approx 50 a volume. I have vols 1 & 2. Highly recommended.
    Prost ! Steve.
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    "The German Army is the perfectly adapted, perfectly running Machine. The difference is that the Germans are organised with a view to War...with the cold, hard, practical and business-like purpose of winning victories."
    G.W. Steevens - The Daily Mail (1897)

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    Steve,

    thanks for the info and recommendation. They are going on my birthday list !

    cheers

    tony

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    Terrific job, terrific cap.
    Congratuations on that job.
    It is not over-done, just as a retorations schould be.
    I love your work.
    |<ris
    Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!
    cheers
    |<ris

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    Wow, I have no idea how you filled those moth holes and made it look so seamless...well done!

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    Quote by stuka f View Post
    Terrific job, terrific cap.
    Congratuations on that job.
    It is not over-done, just as a retorations schould be.
    I love your work.
    |<ris
    I must agree. Well done Tony.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Gentlemen,

    Thank you all for your comments.

    I'm hoping my next purchase won't require so much work !!

    cheers

    tony

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