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Lot 0538
Nice quality M38 pattern field-gray wool and rayon blend construction cap with a subtly ribbed gaberdine weave. The cap features fold down side and back panels with scalloped slopes to the forward side panels. The crown edge and the forward scalloped side panels are both piped in bright interwoven silver/aluminum braiding. As is typical the fold down panels are stitched in the upright position at the front center of the cap. The cap has a field-gray enamel painted magnetic sheet metal ventilation grommet to each side positioned just below the crown edges. The front center of the cap has a machine woven national eagle in silver/aluminum flat-wire threads on a cut-out woven dark green rayon base. The eagle is hand stitched to the cap. The front center of the fold down panels has a padded machine embroidered national tri-color cockade which is also hand stitched to the cap. The cockade is flanked by a white silk waffenfarbe soutache in an inverted "V" pattern. The soutache is applied in the proper manner running through slashes at the seam near the caps bottom edge and hand stitched in place. Of Note: Regulations of July 10TH 1942 abolished the use of the branch of service soutache and instructed it to be removed from the caps, although the directive was not strictly adhered to. The interior of the cap is fully lined in ribbed green cotton twill and has a partial tan leather sweatband positioned at the front forehead section. The lining is well marked with a faint white size ink stamped, "56". The cap is in overall very good condition with three small moth nips and areas of light to moderate age and usage toning. All original stitching. Very nice untouched cap.

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Estimate $500 - $600May 11, 2019
Willoughby, OH, USA