Original German WWII Eastern Front Rabbit Fur Winter Hat - Dated 1943

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. After the catastrophic winter of 1941-42 on the Eastern Front, the German military rapidly designed improved cold weather clothing. By the Fall of 1942, a variety of fur lined caps had been introduced. There were no standardized "model numbers", but this version is a commonly encountered pattern. It has a fieldgray wool body, which is lined with rayon, and a visor and fold down ear flaps backed with rabbit fur. The flaps are held in the "up" (open) position by a single button, which is unfortunately missing. The flaps can be tied under the wearer's chin via cloth ties.

The visor is tacked open and is rarely seen in in the "down" position. Many soldiers pinned or sewed insignia to it as is seen here. Most often encountered are the metal visor cap badges - the Heer eagle (ass seen on this example) or the SS skull.

Condition is very good with 95% of the fur intact, interior shows almost no staining from use. Size is marked 56 on the inside liner, which also has the contract number and date of 1943. These have become very hard to find on the market today and even decent reproductions sell for hundreds of dollars.


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