Original German WWII Waffen SS M43 Maroon Parade Fez for Foreign Volunteers with Tassel & Sweatband
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a maroon fez that was part of the dress uniform of a Waffen-SS military detachment composed of Muslims from Bosnia, Croatia, and Herzegovina in occupied Yugoslavia. The creation of this unit was authorized by AH in 1943. The original purpose was to combat Tito's partisans. Through recruitment and conscription, the unit had 26,000 soldiers within a few months. The group was commanded by German or ethnic German officers, and the uniforms were designed to reflect the religion and ethnicity of the recruits. Later, the Fez was also issued to local volunteers from other areas in the Balkans.
There were two versions of the fez: a field gray model to be worn in combat and while on duty and a maroon model for parades, marching exercises and while off duty.
This example is offered in overall excellent condition, with only minor age toning and moth on red/maroon wool felt exterior, one of the best we've seen. The insignia look great as well. The top tassel has just a bit of fraying at the ends, and the stitching where the support meets the body is in delicate condition. Unfortunately the tassel strands have all pulled out from the tack stitches on the back of the fez that hole the tassel in place, however the thread loops are still intact.
The interior has a very good condition grey finished leather sweatband around the entire circumference, with the stitching completely intact. It is somewhat delicate, and has a tear at the front, but often these are heavily damaged or completely missing, so this is definitely a great example. Size seems to be about a 56-56cm.
This example is 100% authentic: there are and have been numerous fakes on the market, this is not one of those. Ready to display!
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