A 1936 Pattern Gendarmerie NCO’s Shako
A 1936 pattern, Gendarmerie, (Rural Police), NCO’s Shako - consisting of a molded vulcanfibre body with a police green wool covering to the exterior. The body of the Shako has an extruding, humped curve reverse with a mid-brown lacquered, downward sloping front and rear vulcanfibre visors and a circular "coffee can" style top. Both the front and rear visors are secured to the Shako by a narrow horizontal strip of mid-brown lacquered leather which is machine stitched all along the bottom edge. The circular, mid-brown lacquered vulcanfibre, "coffee can", style top is also secured to the Shako by a row of horizontal stitching running through small, evenly spaced, puncture holes. Each side of the Shako body has two, small, screened ventilation holes situated just below the crown seam, with internal, sliding, vent closure panels permitting the forward vent to be closed. The front center of the Shako has a large, high relief, stamped, natural aluminum, second pattern, (Circa June 1936-May 1945), wreathed, Police eagle emblem with outstretched wings, clutching a wreathed, canted swastika in it’s talons. The eagle shows nice detailing and is nicely convexed to fit the contours of the Shako. The eagle and wreath are still quite clean and bright. The eagle is secured to the Shako by two, small, screw threaded, retaining post being inserted through two small holes in the body with retaining nuts that are visible in the interior. The front center of the Shako also has a small, stitch reinforced, horizontal slash to accommodate the national tri-color cockade retaining wires. The Shako has a stamped aluminum, vertically oval, national tri-color cockade, with five, silver washed, simulated twisted rope outer edge encompassing a single, black painted, simulated twisted rope inner edge, a single silver washed, ribbed, inner trim and a red painted recessed centerpiece. The bottom edge of the cockade has an extended wire loop to secure it to the Shako. The silver wash and black and red paints are all retained about 99%. The Shako has a mid-brown leather chinstrap with dual, natural aluminum, sliding, length adjustment buckles and natural aluminum retaining rings. The interior of the Shako has a nine finger, natural tan leather construction liner with ventilation perforations to the front forehead section. The leather to the liner is still mint, unissued condition. The interior crown of the Shako has a printed manufacturer’s label with in black and red with off-white script that includes the manufacture’s name and location. The interior crown of the Shako also has a white, size inkstamp, "57". Also, it appears the shako has been named, in pencil. Extremely fine overall.