Sweatband my friend.
Sweatband my friend.
I know what you mean. I'm just not that familar with the word "presstoff".
This is presstoff right?
Dimas, is there a problem with the forum? I can't access my pm's and some threads, keep getting database errors.
Ersatz sweat bands were used in the First World War in caps.
I prefer this cap I attach here to the one with the Vienna maker.
The SS was outlawed in Austria in 1933 as a terrorist organization.
This cap would have had to have been made prior to said date in mid 1933 and then somehow survived the underground years of the illegal Austrian NSDAP and SS....such was not impossible, if the person went to Germany (...but there he would have had access to more up to date regalia...)
Early black caps frequently have leather sweat bands, but not always in my own experience of them.
It is a mistake to think that Ersatz materials are a function of the years 1939-1945, or 1942-1945. Far from it, indeed and someone who subscribes to such a blinkered idea does not know much about regalia or the impact of the chemical industry on the apparel market or the need in the textiles sector to adhere to thrift and what not.
I do not think the cap that Ben posted is authentic. It is a species of fake early SS officer cap that one sees frequently on European websites.
The officer corps of the SS prior to about mid 1933 when the SS was outlawed in Austria was about 3500 men.
The cap I attach here is of said era, from one of these 3500 men, a Becker from Braunschweig in the 49 Standarte.
The first cap is not.
This extraordinary and authentic Mueller cap from 1935/6 has a Pressstoff sweatband, as do many Mueller extra wear caps, actually.
The first cap I included here has a buckram cap frame, similar to Heeres Feldmuetzen alte Art.
I have the same problem...Dimas, is there a problem with the forum? I can't access my pm's and some threads, keep getting database errors.
another authentic early black officer's cap in Canada.....congratulations to the owner and hurrah for his discerning taste.
this is another early cap that recently changed hands....I never cease to be amazed that these things have survived in such numbers versus the Kammerexemplare of the last generation that were, in fact, never issued.