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This extremely rare hat was located many years ago in eastern Europe, approximately late 1980's or there abouts, when it was originally discovered the insignia was missing but this was later replaced so the hat could be properly displayed by the collector who obtained it and has owned the cap up until now. White cotton top shows some faint brown age staining but just to the very edge of the top of the hat. Black fine quality velvet center band with silver edge piping.The hat is complete with as previously mentioned replacement silver metal SS eagle and skull badges, the silver cap cords are held in place with two small silver side buttons, it is interesting to see that the cap cords have impressed themselves into the black visor of the hat after resting there for many decades and they have also impressed themselves into the velvet center band of the hat which is a very nice feature to see. The interior of the hat features a white cotton liner with celluloid patch, under the celluloid patch are a set of gold embossed SS runes in a circle.The under side of the peak is stamped with the black SS RZM mark. The fine quality brown leather sweat band has one large and also one small split and it does show wear as you would expect but it is still complete and no parts are missing, under the front of the sweatband are the remains of the orange sponge material often seen on German hats but it is now very dry and fragile, if there was an RZM tag under the sweat band this is now missing.This hat shows age and wear but it is exceptionally rare and displays very nicely and it is priced very realistically because of the slight condition problems, if it was in mint condition it would be considerably more expensive. [Condition: Exc++]