Festive Greetings, (I agree it's too early yet) but my christmas cap has just arrived so here it is....................
The cap is a 1907 pattern field cap that has been utilised after 1919 by a member of the armed forces who was retained in the army that became what is known as the provisional reichswehr.
The Provisonal Reichwehr lasted from approx start of the 1919 till 1921 when as per the terms of the Versailles Treaty the army was reduced to 100,000 men. This transitional period ensured that the rather fragile republic had a stable force to call upon during the political upheaval of the early 1920's (alongside the other dubious units grouped under the title Freikorps).
The insignia on the cap is the first type and consisted of a six oakleaf metal wreath with a national cockade in the middle of the cap band. The state cockade was to be worn on the top middle of the crown. The insignia was introduced in early 1919 but in september of that year the national cockade was replaced by the reichsadler of the republic on an oval disc.
This cap has interesting metal cockades of a style I have not encountered before.
Internally the cap has a artificial leather sweatband plus a cotton lining. peak is leather as is the caps chin strap. Buttons are sown on.