SS Tropical Cap Skull – BeVo

Condition: Near Mint

Base Material: BeVo

SKU: JW7164 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This SS Tropical Cap Skull is a pristine example of this iconic piece of SS insignia. These tropical pattern Totenkopf emblems are starting to get harder to find, especially in this condition. This skull is a type that was factory applied on tropical field caps of the Waffen-SS, with a tan emblem on a black background. It’s textbook Bevo machine woven construction, with bold original color and every original stitch still intact. The backing is a typical thin black rayon fabric. On the reverse, this SS Tropical Cap Skull shows typical construction details. This piece has never been sewn to a cap or even folded, and is virtually perfect, with no tears, rips, staining, fraying or other damage. It’s just as it was when it was cut from a factory roll. This skull would be tough to upgrade, and remains in outstanding, near mint condition.




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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