German Kriegsmarine Officers Metal Peak Rank Insignia - Schirmauflage
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Genuine German Kriegsmarine Officers Metal Peak Rank Insignia.
- Rare and unusual WW2 Gift for military cap collectors.
- Navy Cap collectors and restorers.
- Would look great framed for a cap display.
- KM Officers Cap missing a metal rank insignia
- Comparison against reproduction insignias.
- A 'Reproine' Cap made to your specification.
These are genuine WW2 German metal rank markings for the top of the 'peak' on the visor cap. There is no real history of when they should be used, but we conjecture that they were made to easily upgrade junior officer caps from no insignia to the appropriate rank.
They seem to have been mainly used by u-boat crews, which makes sense with long patrols many junior officers met the criteria for promotion while at sea!
Make no mistake, these items are incredibly rare and we don't think they are even reproduced. We got these from a retired cap maker in Germany who retired 40 years ago and his Grandson cleared his shop.
Made from a base metal with a gilt finish. Incredible level of detail and a very rare item. There are two types - Eichenlaub (oakleaves) worn by: Korvettenkapitän , Fregattenkapitän and Kapitän zur See. Halbmonde (halfmoons), worn by: Leutnant zur See, Oberleutnant zur See
The Oakleaves should fit any cap as they come in two parts. The Halfoons are a large size and may not fit small caps, although the ends can be cut off to fit (we have done this on a few caps). See one of the original pictures it has either split or been cut in the middle to fit! We recommend cutting the ends not the middle!
This is a great item to purchase if you want one of our reproduction caps made up with the genuine Schirmauflage making a 'Reproine' (REPROduction / GenuINE), cap. You will not be disappointed with this insignia - it is a very rare item to get hold off!
Please see the last three pictures with the Halbmonde (halfmoons) fitted to two of our EREL Kriegsmarine caps.