This is a high quality hand made reproduction of a difficult to find (and very expensive) German U-Boat captains cap with 70+ years of ageing. It is a beautiful museum exhibit hat made from top quality material in aged condition. The body of the cap is made from heavy white gabardine cotton cloth showing signs of rust and humidity staining - a black wool cap band, an old genuine leather chin strap, and a beautifully aged leather sweat band showing major signs of repair in places.The insignia and visor are made from hand embroidered gold wire bullion with a very nice patina finish. The front edge of the cap visor has a stitched'in service repair'. All repairs to the cap have been made with a German WW2 textile thread which is 3-4 times stronger than standard thread. The cap is fitted with a hand made'cat times 3' brass badge from U-48 and will come complete with an aged'birdy'.
A perfect cap for your private Kriegsmarine collection. This cap has been made using German WW2 design patterns and aged by me to an'as used in combat' condition.
A genuine cap like this - if it ever came up for sale - will easily sell for thousands of pounds, which is beyond the price range of most collectors. I've examined many original and reproduction KM caps and this cap is as close as you will get to the real thing. Please check out my customer feedback. The most successful commissioned U-boat of World War Two.
U-48, a Type VIIB U-boat, was built at the Germaniawerft, Kiel. Between 1938 and 1939 under the designation of'Y. When war was declared in September 1939, U-48 was already in position in the North Atlantic - under the command. During her two years of active service, U-48 sank 55 ships for a total of 321,000 tons; she also damaged two more for a total of 12,000 tons over twelve war patrols conducted during the opening stages of the Battle of the Atlantic. Seven former members of the boat's crew earned the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross during their military career: these were the commanders Herbert Schultze, Hans-Rudolf Rösing and Heinrich Bleichrodt, the first watch officer Reinhard Suhren, the second watch Otto Ites, the chief engineer Erich Zürn and the coxswain Horst Hofmann.
U-48 survived most of the war and was scuttled by her own crew on 3 May 1945 off Neustadt in order to keep the submarine from falling into Allied hands. The cat times 3 emblem originated with the U-48 but was used on other boats as officers from her moved on. Other U-boats that displayed this emblem were the.U-564, U-998, U-1221 and the U-2518. The item "WWII WW2 Style German U-BOAT Kriegsmarine Captain Visor Hat Cap U-48" is in sale since Thursday, July 1, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectables\Militaria\World War II (1939-1945)\Uniforms". The seller is "warbooty" and is located in Portrush. This item can be shipped worldwide.