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    In the early days of the SS various different patterns of deathshead cap badges were used. These came from old Imperial Army stores.

    Here is an example from my collection. It has lost most of it's silver finish.



    Cheers, Ade.
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    Commonly seen worn with the M29 cap eagle.
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    Here is an SS man wearing the type of skull shown at the top of this thread.

    This type is only rarely seen in pictures.
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    Thank you for posting that pic Robin.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    An early cap with its badges in the more conventional form of Danziger Totenkopf. This cap is courtesy of Peter Jenkins, whose refined taste and skill at finding these things is legion. This piece is quite similar to an example posted by Bob Coleman.
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    This is another early cap from the Coleman treasure trove, but likely post mid-1934 with the introduction of SS clothing regulations, RFSS tags etc. I never cease to be amazed at how this early, i.e. pre-1937 or so pieces of uniform survived, when one considers the passage of time since this cap was made and our own present in the 21st century.
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    Yet another example of a cap with early badges. This cap came from Hamburg and was sold by Bruce Herman. It was originally made by a cap maker in the Bayerischer Wald, not especially far from Bayreuth.
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    a contemporary illustration of such head wear....
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    the Hitlermuetze (i.e. SS Kepi) and early badges
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    further examples...this one came from Whamond in Canada and is notable that the early cap badges endured. Due credit is rendered to the present owner, a man of great taste and refinement in his collection. Often these earlier caps got modernized, while the old cap itself soldiered on atop a part timer's head. Most of the Allgem. SS members were such part time storm troopers; only a fraction of officers had full time billets. These part timers likely got sent to military service in 1938/9, and somehow this cap endured recycling, aerial bombardment, de nazification, and the other ravages of time...
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