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Davejb
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These are great, I really miss my Troppenhelms, the first one I got was bought by my dad in Petticoat lane, London for £5.00, with both insignias and first pattern construction, two more bought for £20.00 each much later on , one Luftwaffe the other had KM insignias, I nearly bought one that had SS insignias but it was too pricey for me at the time £60.00, did,nt earn that much money in early 70s straight from school, regret that now, even more seeing I have none left, I nearly bought one last year, 1st pattern with no leather brim or chin strap or insignias, but they wanted £80.00, there was too much work involved to repair and add and the cost, so walked away, a few weeks later I found a complete leather brim on a really torn up tropenhelm , could have kicked my self

 

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ahrtal

I got this one.  Used to be in better shape, though, until I sent it out for evaluation as a possible trade for a Panzer Officer (Major) first model tropical tunic and pants.  The guy was very honest, and sent it back insured prior to our negotiations.  When it came back, the box had been torn open, the sweatband was partially torn out, albeit, not damaged, and the RZM label had been removed.  Now, this was in 1967, so there were still a lot of postal workers that had been vets.  Box may have been damaged and the cap exposed, to a vet postal worker that took umbrage at it.  I filed a complaint with the local post office, and was told that I shouldn't be collecting that crap anyway.  It should have been burned.  So much for that, and the insurance claim went nowhere: Value could not be determined.  I resewed the sweatband into the cap and lost the deal for the DAK Panzer uniform. >:(

At any rate here it is. Yes, it does not have the embossed runes nor the RZM stamp, but as it is an early one, many didn't. 

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Lenny
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Manu Della Valle

I'd like to post them one by one in detail.....and have @BenVK join us with his gorgeous pieces!

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Bil4338
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Amazing headgear chaps!:o

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ahrtal

Not solely into headgear, but I'll post a few.  Some overlap.  Don't recall if I posted this one before.  It's my Hermann Meyer, complete with original sun flap and sweat!

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ahrtal

WWII German General's Schirmmütze.  Got this over forty years ago.  Peak is a liability.  I think it was due to poor storage, but still a rarity.

 

 

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Davejb
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Thats a fine example of a Meyer, but it has always made me wonder if they copied our officers caps, for this model

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ahrtal

I'd have to say they did.  Same thing for the KM tropical cap.  It has been common practice to adopt a popular item of uniform dress for centuries.  Look at the popularity of the Pickelhaube world-wide in the 19th century. 

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Davejb
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Another fine cap, but I,m not sure its poor storage that caused the damage as the remainder of the cap is in very good order, I think it might be the laquer has degraded, BenVK would be able to comment on this

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Manu Della Valle

Words FAIL ME!:x
Why don't you post your fabulous caps in detail one by one @ahrtal in the headgear forum?The GREAT caps I've seen here deserve dedicated threads not to be "submerged" by each other!My 0.02

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Davejb
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Terrific collection, thanks for showing ,but I have always thought that the German pardray caps were a little creepy, bearing in mind that they must have known what was going on, re the camps, and other persecutions that were taking place, I wonder how they would have justified their being a part of all that , and being a member of the church

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Richard Auld

Spotty dog!

I like the Braunschweiger at the end as that is a local unit, which maker is the hat and do you have a picture of the reverse of the loose skull?

The Hifereinen are unusual as well.

The summer top lufty with the green waffenfarbe, what is that branch?

The hat right of the Padre in the middle of 3, what is that funny grey backing, I seen one recently.

Rich

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Michel Lalieux

Hi Richard,

Here are some answers + pics :

The summer top lufty with the green waffenfarbe, what is that branch? = Beambte

The hat right of the Padre in the middle of 3, what is that funny grey backing, I seen one recently = Sonderfürer. I onw the 2 paterns.

Michel

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Richard Auld

Michel,

Thanks for taking the time to make the pictures and for the info.

Best

Rich

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Bil4338
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Fantastic stuff Michel, absolutely amazing! Some very rare pieces there for sure, some I’ll never see again most likely

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