This is a summer enlisted Marine-Flieger-Abteilung sailor’s mütze. Enlisted Kaiserliche Marine sailors wore two different-colored tops on their mützen during the year. In the winter, they wore the navy blue tops that matched their dark-blue uniforms. In the summer, the sailors switched to white tops to match their white uniforms. I am not sure why, but we see the summer white top mützen far less frequently. Our offering today is made of heavy, white, cotton twill. As it is white, it is more susceptible to staining and dirt. That said, this white top does show signs of what I would call dirt and, perhaps, even a couple of oil spots.
The mütze’s center front features a Reich’s kokarde that is actually for an officer. As you look at the mütze straight-on, you will note that it has the “saddle” effect so favored by cavalry regiments. A gold embossed cap tally attached to the mütze clearly reads “Marine-Flieger-Abteilung.”
Inside the mütze is a high-quality, light-brown leather sweatband. The mütze does not have a liner, so the cotton twill material appears on both the cap’s inside and outside. It is a privately-purchased mütze that displays NO depot markings on its interior. If you look at the interior where the kokarde is attached, it looks as though a snap button appears on a tab where the kokarde is attached. If you look closely at that tab, you will see the printed word “Kiel,” where one of the High Seas Fleet’s two major ports was based. the interior also displays the mütze’s size, 56, in red.
It is a high-quality mütze from one of the most elite units in the Imperial German Navy.