Original WWII German Police GENDARMERIE NCO’S SHAKO Brought Home By A U.S. Veteran Certified
Original WWII German Police GENDARMERIE NCO’S SHAKO Brought Home By A U.S. Veteran Certified. Nice quality, private purchase, 1936 pattern, Gendarmerie, (Rural Police), NCO’s Shako consisting of a molded, black vulcanfibre body with a slightly mottled, police green wool covering to the exterior. The body of the Shako has an extruding, humped curve, reverse with a mid-brown lacquered, downward sloping front and rear vulcanfibre visors and a circular “coffee can” style top. Both the front and rear visors are secured to the Shako by a narrow horizontal strip of mid-brown lacquered leather which is machine stitched all along the top edge. The circular, mid-brown lacquered vulcanfibre, “coffee can”, style top is also secured to the Shako by a row of horizontal stitching running through small, evenly spaced, puncture holes. Each side of the Shako body has two, small, green painted, screened, alloy ventilation holes situated just below the crown seam, with internal, sliding, alloy vent closure panels permitting the forward vent to be closed. The front center of the Shako has a large, silver washed, high relief, stamped, aluminum alloy, second pattern, (Circa June 1936-May 1945), wreathed, Police eagle emblem with outstretched wings, clutching a wreathed, canted swastika in it’s talons. The eagle shows nice detailing and is nicely convexed to fit the contours of the line Shako. The eagle and wreath retain about 95% of their silver wash and are still quite clean and bright. The eagle is secured to the Shako by two, small, screw threaded, retaining post being inserted through two small holes in the body with retaining nuts that are visible in the interior. Only one screw and nut remain. The front center of the Shako also has a small, stitch reinforced, horizontal slash to accommodate the national tri-color cockade retaining wires. The Shako has a stamped aluminum, vertically oval, national tri-color cockade, with five, silver washed, simulated twisted rope outer edge encompassing a single, black painted, simulated twisted rope inner edge, a single silver washed, ribbed, inner trim and a red painted recessed centerpiece. The bottom edge of the cockade has an extended wire loop to secure it to the Shako. The silver wash and black and red paints are all retained about 95%. The Shako has a mid-brown leather chinstrap with dual, natural aluminum, sliding, length adjustment buckles and natural, aluminum retaining rings. The retaining rings are secured onto extended, M1891 pattern, natural aluminum, chinstrap side posts which are positioned on each side of the Shako’s body. The interior of the Shako has a nine finger, natural tan leather construction liner fully intact. The liner is in overall very good condition with minimal chafe wear and age and usage toning. The leather to the liner is still quite supple The interior crown of the Shako has a printed manufacturer’s label with in black and red with tan script that includes the manufacture’s , name Hans Romer and location, Berlin” , “Fiber-Tschako”, (Fibre-Shako), The Shako is in overall very good condition with minor age and usage toning, some mothing to the wool area (see photos) light surface cracking and spotting to the mid-brown vulcanfibre visors and the circular “coffee can” top. Gettysburg Museum Certified (COA) provided. Rare 100% Guaranteed to be authentic pre-1945. Sold for historic purposes only. See our other pieces on our web site. Also note when browsing our web site there are several pages of items, at the bottom of the list look for other page numbers. DO NOT MISS IT!