If you go to the Fa. Breiter in Munich today, they will make you a hat or fix an existing one, if you want them to do so. I asked them when I was just there, but the center of gravity here is for women and the kind of head wear as seen among the British royals.
Look on their website.
It's just speculation but prehaps the practice of adding the velvet was popular with Officer Candidates?
Just on a personal level, I would have been embarrassed wearing the Shea hat with the exposed stitching had I been a fully blown Officer in the SS.
Last edited by BenVK; 06-18-2011 at 06:45 PM.
Even with the so called affordability issue, there were still many persons in question here of very limited wealth.
As to what was considered by contemporaries as acceptable or not, I am sure we all have a lot more to learn on this score, and that whatever we do learn, it won't come from MAX and SOS show denizens who resent other forms of knowledge and who have trouble with German geography.
If you are interested in wages and such in the period, I can furnish you the sources germane to that topic. The assertions in the Schiffer book about same are a bunch of crap.
I have correspondence with Shea, since I buy stuff from him and have sold a lot to him, but you can surely write to him yourself.
I was just about to ask about wages! that would be most interesting, thanks FB.
Bob Coleman can also speak to NSDAP PL caps, as can Mr. Chris Stonemint, can he not?
The wage scales for the military and even civil service are in the contemporary officer hand books, and these are not unlike the wage grades as still had in the German armed forces and civil service, though the sums are different.
I am not technically good with pictures, as you know, but the sources on wages are pretty generalized and might even be in the internet.
Moreover, I think my nifty SS handbook has wages, too, but I cannot recall.
A rough average figure per month for an SS NCO?