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Title Other ranks mountain cap, pre-war pattern
Nationality German
Period c 1942

An excellent example of Gebirgsmutze, in almost ex-stores condition. It retains its good shape on account of being kept on a cap block for a number of years and I have repeated the same storage procedure. The T-shaped cloth badge is typical of earlier practice in applying badges to caps.

The type of cloth suggests mid-to-late war construction, also confirmed by the lack of leather sweatband. The later mountain caps, with the exception of t he officers, did not always have sweat bands. From 1942 onwards they always used a certain amount of rayon in the woollen mix, which gives the cloth a characteristic look quite different from earlier all-wool examples. There are no ventilation gromits, again an indication of a later date. The stiffener inside the peak is broken or bent virtually down the middle. This is not apparent from the photographs.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

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Chris, got the buckle thanks and what a beauty, posted it on the forum already (war relics forum) I mod the buckle forum I have put a thanks to you on there with your site title so might drum up a bit of business for you :)

B E, UK, 13.12.2011

...the sword arrived safely today... My son, who shares my interest in antique edged weapons and for whom I bought the sword, is delighted.

G A, France, 24.01.2007