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Early Grey Service Cap with Runes

Article about: by d'alquen This may have due to supply issues or could possibly have been political in nature, (with only the LAH being seen to wear the uniform of the army during a period when the relatio

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    Default Early Grey Service Cap with Runes

    Not a very catchy title but rather a nice hat.

    This is the first SS hat I've bought in a long time.
    I've always wanted a grey cap with the runes on the lining but you'd never believe where I got this one from, I couldn't quite fathom it myself.
    Story goes that this was found in Berchtesgaden by a 101st airborne vet. I don't know if that's true or not, I just know that the hat is authentic. It does need some restoration however as the sweatband is loose and has been glued in places but that was a long time ago.
    For those who care about such things, the eagle is a Zinc M1/72 Zimmermann and the TK is an Overhoff M1/24.

    I now know that 59 is the perfect size for me.
    Does that mean I've got a big head?
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    Excellent cap Ben, Well done on finding this one.

    Cheers, Pat

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    Default Re: Early Grey Service Cap with Runes

    Thanks Pat, it's actually a very interesting hat because even though it's of a pre-war era, the woolen cloth is poor quality and very much like the cloth that we'd associate with late war demands and restrictions. It's expertly put together however.

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    That is interesting. I added a photo. Out of interest.
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    Cheers, Pat

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    Ben, "eagle-eyed" doesn't even begin to describe your ability to spot this--a remarkable find for a remarkable collector.....
    NEC SOLI CEDIT

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    Well done, Ben. I have seen a handful like this.
    damit, basta.

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    Default Re: Early Grey Service Cap with Runes

    Doh, thanks Chris but an even bigger thanks to you my friend for helping me!

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    Default Re: Early Grey Service Cap with Runes

    Quote by Friedrich-Berthold View Post
    Well done, Ben. I have seen a handful like this.
    Me too but only a handful.

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    I own an officer's one, in which the runes are obscured, but they were there. I have seen maybe three or four of the enlisted/NCO ones, but the grey with the silverish runes is a good thing. Bob Coleman has one like yours, too, actually. Bruce Herman has had a couple, and Whammond has had a couple, and one I should have bought that I posted.
    In any case, well done. When you are fed up with it, do tell me.
    Glad you are adding to your fine collection.
    This piece has a nice patina. It is not worn out, as often happens.
    damit, basta.

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    You're correct, it's actually in fine condition, much better than I could have hoped for.

    Maybe you'd be so kind as to explain whether this cap could be SS-VT or TV, I'm never quite sure of the differences when it comes to uniforms.

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