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Soft Cap ID?

Post by Mike9999 » Tue Nov 20, 2018 9:20 pm

Hello Folks -

Been quite a while since I ventured down the German Headgear Lane, but picked this up on eBay and wondered if anyone had any info on it?

Yes, I know... I should know what I'm buying beforehand, but it looked like something. :???:

Well anyhow, any thoughts appreciated!

Best regards!
- Mike
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Post by Mike9999 » Mon Nov 26, 2018 4:07 pm

Unfortunately I can't find my good photo-card, but these give a bit more of a presentation of what the cap should look like.

The cockade has a red felt center and a silver/white outer, the the black fabric.

The maker mark is:
Heinrich Ehrich
MutzenFabrikant
FORTH b/ Nurnberg

Thanks for looking!
- Mike

Oh..., Size 7 :-?
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Re: Soft Cap ID?

Post by kaiser » Mon Nov 26, 2018 5:13 pm

Nope not even a clue on what this cap is

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Re: Soft Cap ID?

Post by SkipperJohn » Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:06 pm

There is some (very little) information out there that says the Kraftfahr (Motorized) troops of the Imperial German army wore black over black Schirmmutzen with poppy red piping. There was only one battalion in Prussia and one company sized unit in Bavaria. Some say that the Kraftfahr was not organized until 1900 while others say it came about in 1896. Either way the Schirmmutze should have a Reichs Kokarde, and, from what I gather, a Kraftfahr Mutze should have either a Prussian or Bavarian Kokarde. I can find nothing on a red and silver Kokarde for these.

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It seems that the more common Schirmmutze worn by motorized troops is made of oil cloth, not wool.

If I had to guess I would think that your Schirmmutze was used by a police or fire department. My second guess would be that it was used by a veteran's organization.

John :?

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Re: Soft Cap ID?

Post by Mike9999 » Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:52 pm

Thank you John. It may at least be a start. Shows quite a bit of wear. The fellow I received it from had another cap that was different. It had the typical Prussian Kokarde. They came from the same household, so I suppose it is possible they were switched at some time in the last 100 or so.

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- Mike
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Re: Soft Cap ID?

Post by Mike9999 » Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:05 pm

Did find this...,

https://www.collectorsweekly.com/storie ... schirmmtze

The color and piping seem to match up. Top photos show the actual piping color. The author states that the Fireman's cap did not have piping on the bottom(?). Still doesn't explain the kokarde. :-?

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Re: Soft Cap ID?

Post by SkipperJohn » Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:19 pm

Mike,
Good find! There is a lot more information there than I dug up.
Looks like your Schirmmutze might fall into that category.

John :)

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Re: Soft Cap ID?

Post by SkipperJohn » Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:33 pm

Just found this:

http://griffinmilitaria.com/cgi-bin/imc ... us=&title=

May be another option.

John :)

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Re: Soft Cap ID?

Post by Mike9999 » Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:07 am

Hi John!

Thank you very much for your research. The one in your last post certainly has a similar kokarde and correct color. I also found this one, which is still a somewhat different style but with single kokarde.

http://www.kaisersbunker.com/dunkelblau ... dbch22.htm

I am tending to lean towards you Mining Association example, possibly an early version of it, but wow, what a variety!!

- Mike

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Re: Soft Cap ID?

Post by SkipperJohn » Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:29 am

Mike,
I think the mining example is probably the closest.
The one you found on Kaiser's Bunker is blue with a black band, not black on black.
The style of your Schirmmutze is Model 1867 (stubby visor, pillbox shape) so mining would be more reasonable than Kraftfahr.

Check out this mining officer's example:
https://www.antik-buchwald.de/index.php ... hirmmuetze

This is from a Bavarian Streetcar operator (notice no lower piping):
https://www.antik-buchwald.de/index.php ... ner-muetze

John :)

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