Saxony – Schirmutze / Visor Cap – Enlisted Man – Train Battalion
Before WW I, the Saxon Army just had two Train-Abteilungen. One was Königl. Sächs. 1. Train Abteilung Nr 12, which was created in 1849. It was garrisoned in Dresden-Bischofswerda, where it was attached to the XII. ArmeeKorps. The second unit was Königl. Sächs. 2. Train-Abteilung Nr 19. This unit was raised in 1899. It was garrisoned in Leipzig, where it was attached to the XIX. ArmeeKorps. Today we are offering an enlisted man’s pre WW I mütze from one of these two Abteilungen. The mütze’s basic body is light-blue. A wide black band, measuring 1 ½” in width, circles its lower section. Two narrow red bands of piping appear above and below the black band. A third red piping band encircles the mütze’s top. The mütze’s front displays the correct state and Reich’s kokarden. The Saxon kokarde is green and white. The Reich’s kokarde exhibits Germany’s national colors: red, black, and white. The mütze has scattered light moth nips across its top, and on the sides’ blue sections. The mütze’s interior is in solid, albeit used, condition. Its leather sweatband is complete, and shows normal wear from perspiration. The liner is complete. It shows some staining from perspiration, and possibly hair oil. The mütze reveals no depot markings. Thus, it is not depot-issued, but privately-purchased. That said, no signs of identification or ownership appear, either. This is a rare mütze.
Although it shows signs of aging, it would still make a fine addition to any collection.