Original German WWII Civic Protection Police Model 43 Feldmütze Field Cap with RBNr. Marking - Size 58
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice barely used later war M43 Schutzpolizei (Civic Protection Police) M43 Feldmütze (Field Cap), which is size marked 58. It also is marked with R.B. - Nr. 0/0316/1022 on the inside of the crown, the "National Business Number" of the manufacturer, which we unfortunately have not been able to identify.
It is constructed of green / blue feldgrau (Field Gray) worsted wool cloth, with fold-down panels with scallops to the front and forward sides, covering the entire neck on the sides and rear when in use. It also has the correct loops on the inside of the side panels. When not in use, the panels are raised with their ends resting upon the visor, being joined together by two pebbled aluminum buttons. The visor is reinforced with cardboard, and covered in matching cloth.
Sewn in place in the front of the cap is a Civic Police cap patch, constructed of BeVo style machine woven white Police Civic Eagle on a black background. This patch is original to the cap and is machine sewn to the outer fabric only. The patch is in very clean crisp condition. The interior of the cap is lined with green / blue light canvas, which shows minimal use.
Overall, this is a great looking late M43 Civic Protection Police field cap with just a bit of wear, ready to display!
The M43 Feldmütze (Field Cap) is a variety of "Ski Cap" and was based on the Bergmütze (Mountain Hat) used by Austrian and German Gebirgsjäger (Mountain Troops) during WWI. Germany had adopted it in 1915, and after the war it spread throughout the military.
The skirt that surrounds the cap is made in the same wool as the cap, and can be folded down over the ears, though this was rarely done outside of the Mountain troops, which had a double-thickness skirt. The skirt has a small dip in the front quarter with a divide secured by one aluminum button which is covered by an embroidered cockade. The small section in the front quarter was built shorter to show the insignia, and cover the wearer's chin or mouth, without disturbing breathing by covering the nose. There were also later M43 caps, such as those used by the DAK, that omitted the skirt entirely, as it had little use in the desert heat.
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