Product Description: This SS Police Bevo Cap Insignia is a perfect example. It was intended to be worn on the “overseas” type field cap, known to the soldiers as the “Schiffchen.” This attractive patch is Bevo machine woven construction, with a German Polizei wreathed eagle and swastika emblem executed in black and cream-colored thread, on a thin black rayon backing. This would have been folded and applied to the cap in a trapezoidal shape. This example, however, has never been folded, never issued or used, and is in near mint condition, with only extremely slight age toning and traces of handling over time. The reverse of this SS Police Bevo Cap Insignia shows details of the machine woven construction. This original patch would be suitable for restoring a Feldmütze, and also displays nicely as a collectible in its own right.
Historical Description: The German Armed Forces (Wehrmacht), as formed in 1935, and as they existed until the end of World War 2, consisted of the Army (Heer), the Air Force (Luftwaffe) and the Navy (Kriegsmarine). The Waffen-SS fell under the command of the Wehrmacht during the war. Each of these branches of service had a unique eagle design that was worn on both the formal dress and parade uniforms, and the field uniforms, of the members of that branch. These eagles were worn on soft headgear, including service and field caps, as well as on the uniform jacket. In the Heer, the Luftwaffe, and the Kriegsmarine, this eagle was worn on the chest of the tunic; collectors have termed these “breast eagles.” The Heer and the Luftwaffe generally used the same eagle style, though variations in color of the eagle or the backing distinguish between the two. The Luftwaffe used their own flying eagle emblem. The Waffen-SS sleeve eagle (and cap eagle) had wings that came to a distinctive tapered point. The cap, breast and sleeve eagles used by the various military branches were manufactured in many variations. There were machine-woven and machine embroidered versions, usually used by officers and NCOs. Hand-embroidered bullion wire eagles were typically for officers. There were metal eagles, for caps, or for uniforms that were intended to have detachable insignia. There were even eagles embroidered on camouflage fabric, intended for use on special field uniforms. There were also eagles in specific colors for use on tropical uniforms. Some of these eagles were mass-produced and are still common today. Others were, and are, very rare.
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