Summer Tellermuetze

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Jagoffizier
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Summer Tellermuetze

Post by Jagoffizier » Thu Nov 19, 2020 11:21 am

I recently acquired a nice Kaiserliche Marine sailor's white summer top Tellermuetze. I would appreciate some advice and information regarding two aspects of the cap.
The cap has a round metal grommet which gives the cap a round shape. The grommet has some light rust. I do not want the grommet to stain the white top. What would be good to do with it? Should I just remove it and keep it separate? Should I do some cleaning with light machine oil and/or fine grit sandpaper? I want the cap to keep its shape.
Also, behind the cockade in the cap's interior, there are upper and lower slots apparently designed to accommodate some sort of rectangular stiffener. I assume the stiffener was supposed to keep the front of the cap up and allow display of the cockade. Does anyone know what the stiffener was made of?
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Re: Summer Tellermuetze

Post by aicusv » Thu Nov 19, 2020 3:39 pm

I would remove the ring, give it a cleaning and then a light coat of paint. The paint can be easily removed if need be and it will protect the metal from rusting. Waxing or oiling the ring may stain the cloth.
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Re: Summer Tellermuetze

Post by SkipperJohn » Thu Nov 19, 2020 7:53 pm

The stiffener in the front of my Kaiserliche Marine Mütze is made of celluloid (a combination of cellulose and camphor invented in 1869). Celluloid is considered the first form of plastic.
I have; however, seen others with wood stiffeners, paper or cardboard stiffeners, and leather stiffeners.
Since it is highly unlikely that you will find an original stiffener I would just use a piece of clear plastic or cardboard.

John :)

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