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Original German WWII Service Worn Late Pattern Rural Police Shako by EREL

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice service worn 1936 Officers pattern Tschako, with the late pattern police green wool body and brown finished leather trim. It has a very fine quality police officer eagle with aluminum cockade (often missing) and black leather chinstrap. A great Polizei helmet (shako) as used by the rural police!

It is interesting to note that it looks like the trim may have originally been black for the metropolitan police, and then refinished in brown for rural police. The chinstrap looks to be original, and is black, as would have been on a metro police shako. The shako shows significant wear to the body and the trim, which shows layers of finish flaking off. Definitely a shako with a long interesting history!

As with the exterior, the interior shows a lot of wear, and the liner is split and cracked with wear and age. The visors are both worn as well, with the front visor partly torn through. There is still a visible maker mark on the top interior (somewhat worn):

GES. GESCH.
FABRIKMARKE
EREL
BERLIN
FIBER-TSCHAKO

There is also the retailer information embossed into the sweatband on the left side, though it is hard to read:

Robert Lubstein
Berlin NW 21
ALT-MOABIT 105

With both the Maker and Retailer located in Berlin, we can probably assume that this was issued to a Police Officer in the Berlin Metropolitan area, who then moved to the outskirts and refinished the leather in brown. Definitely an interesting example!

Condition definitely shows wear on the interior and exterior, with weathering possibly unrelated to service. It may have been on display for some time after it was used.

A very interesting service worn police shako from one of Germany's best manufactures of the time! Ready to research and display!

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