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These black SS hats are always popular as most SS or uniform collectors desire to own at least one example.This is a very nice looking early example with a good high front dating to about 1934. Fine quality black wool ribbed top with black wool ribbed center band with white piping to crown and the center band of the hat. The skull mounted to the center band is the scarce early 1st pattern type which retains much original silver finish, the eagle is the 2nd pattern and the silver frosting perfectly matches the skull so they are obviously a matched set, a perfect example of a transitional form Allgemeine SS NCO's peaked cap.The interior features the standard rust brown oil cloth lining with celluloid patch with the large gold SS runes and size stamp 55, the brown leather sweat band is complete but shows some light wear just as you would expect, under the sweat band is an early style RZM tag.The underside of the visor has traces of the black SS RZM stamping but much of this is now worn away by age and wear. A very nice example that has actually been worn and which shows honest wear but it is still in nice condition and for once it does not have any moth damage. [Condition: Exc++]