This is a prewar Dragoner-Regiment Nr 22 officer’s schirmütze from the Grand Duchy of Baden. The Grand Duchy had a total of three Dragoner-Regiments: 1. Badisches Leib-Dragoner-Regiment Nr 20, 2. Badisches-Dragoner-Regiment Nr 21, and 3. Badisches Dragoner-Regiment Prinz Karl Nr 22. They were founded in 1803, 1850, and 1850, respectively. Dragoner-Regiment Nr 22 was garrisoned in Mülhausen i.E, while 1. Badisches Leib-Dragoner-Regiment Nr 20 resided in Karlsruhe and 2. Badisches-Dragoner-Regiment Nr 21 was in Bruchsal-Schwetzingen. All three of the regiments were assigned to the XVI. Armeekorps, as were all of Baden’s regiments.
The cap’s main body is made of dark-blue wool. A wide black velvet trim band measuring 1 ¼” in width encircles the cap’s base. A line of narrow white piping trims the velvet band at its top, while narrow red piping decorates its bottom. Another thin red piping line encircles the schirmütze’s top. The black band differentiates Dragoner-Regiment Nr 22 from her sister regiments.
The cap dates from around 1900, approximately three years after the state’s and Reich’s kokarden first jointly appeared on headdresses. It sports a small short visor, with Baden and the Reich’s correct kokarden appearing in the black band’s center. Its exterior condition is quite pleasing, with minimal mothing (harder and harder to find in more-than-100-year-old wool items). The mothing I DO detect is limited to very minor moth tracking, NOT fully bloomed moth nips. The cap’s exterior is a VERY clean.
Inside the cap is a lightly-used, brown, leather sweatband that sports an impression of its manufacturer’s name. It also displays a complete silk liner that shows a bit more wear, i.e., signs of aging and soiling from the officer’s hair. More importantly, the (complete) liner exhibits NO shredding. The liner also displays a stamp from its manufacturer. [I believe the cap was produced at a military effects shop in neighboring Württemberg]. The stamp displays two crowned, royal lions holding a device between them emblazoned with the entwined initials “C” and “W,” as well as the words “Fabrik-Marke” (Factory-Mark). The words “Formenschönheit” (Beauty) and “Dauernastigkeit” (Durability) appear in the lower part of the design below.
Ultimately, this delightful schirmütze is in excellent condition and ready for your collection!