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This genuine Nazi cap for a high-ranking Reichsbahn official is
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PLEASE NOTE: THIS LISTING CONSISTS OF TWO WEB PAGES OF WHICH THIS IS THE FIRST. THE SECOND PAGE CONTAINS ADDITIONAL LARGE SIZE PHOTOS WITH CLOSE-UP DETAILS OF THIS ORIGINAL NAZI CAP.
As Nazi uniform caps go, this one is both nicely made and in very good lightly-used condition. As Deutsche Reichsbahn caps go, we've never seen a more desirable one. We bought this cap in July 2011 off the dining room table of the vet that brought it back from Germany in 1945. The veteran was on oxygen and in very poor physical condition and could not tell us more about it than where he got it and when. It is perfectly original, just the way we got it from the veteran. We altered nothing and we fixed nothing.
German Railways or Deutsche Reichsbahn was during the Third Reich the largest industrial concern in the world, owning virtually all railways in Germany as well as the Reichsautobahn, various banks and international consulting and contracting companies. As was typical in Germany then and now, Beamter or federal employees (even office workers), wore uniforms to distinguish themselves from those of other agencies and to indicate their rank.
This bright red cap is approximately size 7-1/8 (German size 57), has a black velvet band and gold trim. The eagle, the wreath, the cockade, the cap band and the cap buttons are just the way the cap was worn. We've looked all over the internet but can find little reference material on the uniforms of the Deutsche Reichsbahn during the Third Reich, but we suspect the cap is for a very high level official because of the gold wreath surrounding the cockade.
We know for absolute certain that the cap was made by the Reichsbahn-Kleiderkasse (Railway Uniform Stores) of the firm C. Louis Weber UNIFORM-FABRIK HANNOVER in Hannover, Germany. Their clear plastic label is still sewed to the top lining of the cap.
We also know that the cap was owned by a man named K. Iwo Haus as his name is written in pencil in two places on the reddish-brown oil cloth lining inside the top. Research may turn up exactly where Mr. Haus fit in the hierarchy of the Deutsche Reichsbahn.
As mentioned before, the cap is well-made and nicely styled. There are no cracks in the bill, no mothing and very little wear to the red wool and no damage to the black velvet. The red wool top still has 98% of its fuzzy nap. The imitation leather sweatband shows use but only around the front above the bill. A careful inspection of the inside of the top of the cap leaves no doubt whatsoever that the insignia on the cap is the only insignia that has ever been on it since it left the factory of C. Louis Weber in Hannover during the Third Reich.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS LISTING CONSISTS OF TWO WEB PAGES OF WHICH THIS IS THE FIRST. THE SECOND PAGE CONTAINS ADDITIONAL LARGE SIZE PHOTOS WITH CLOSE-UP DETAILS OF THIS GENUINE NAZI CAP.
The cap eagle is gold in color but not as beautifully gilded as the wreath below it. The wreath is splendid. The cockade rim is silver colored as it should be, not gold.
DEUTSCHE REICHSBAHN HIGH RANKING OFFICIAL RED CAP
THE DRESS UNIFORM CAP OF A
OF THE NAZI RAILWAYS
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