PRUSSIA – SCHIRMÜTZE – NCO’S -REGIMENT der GARDE du CORPS
This is a consignment item. It is a Regiment der Garde du Corps NCO’s schirmütze. Instead of a tall peaked look, this man preferred the cavalry’s popular “crusher” style. The latter was accomplished by removing much of the cap’s interior stiffening. Some officers removed all of it so they could roll their cap up and stick it in a jacket or back pocket. Manfred von Richthofen did so (I have held one of his schirmützen in my hands, and that was how it looked). The cap is prewar, so its body is made of top-quality white wool (NOT feldgrau). A wide red trim band measuring 1 ¾” sits above the black visor, which has a crusher’s crinkled appearance. The cap front’s center features the correct Reich and State officer’s kokarden. A single narrow red trim band encircles the cap’s top. The exterior displays some scattered moth nips and moth tracking (NOT a large amount). The latter are not detractive to the cap’s overall appearance.
The interior reveals a gently-used brown leather sweatband. Its interior visor displays a great deal of staining. Its rough silk liner is ivory in color. The initials “A. E. N.” are stamped on the silk liner beneath a crown.
This is the first GdC NCO’s schirmütze that I have offered, and it has a wonderful appearance. The man wearing it must have looked jaunty!