Before the beginning of WW I the Navy See Bataillones were relatively small consisting of three Bataillones. One was in China, One in Kiel, and one in Wilhelmshaven. Once the war began the Bataillone in China was captured by the Japanese. The two Bataillones in Germany became the basis for the Marine forces in Flanders which consisted of infantry and artillery units which grew to Division force. In addition aviation units were established there of Marine Jastas.
We share with you a visor cap for an NCO in the prewar See Bataillones. This has a dark blue top. It also has a wide white band and a single white trim band at the top. There is very scant moth tracking at the top and side. Turning to the interior of the cap we see a very nice light brown leather sweat band. There is also silk liner with a stain which looks very much like dried blood.
What is really impressive about this cap and that we have never had before is that it has its chinstrap. Attached to the chinstrap are two small Imperial German Navy buttons. We can’t begin to tell you how rare this is as too often with any visor cap, the chinstraps disappear. So along with the condition of this cap, the presence of the chinstrap and buttons is a real plus.