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WWII German Labor Union Leader Hat -
The National Socialist German Workers' Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei), abbreviated NSDAP, commonly known in English as the Nazi Party. Was a political party in Germany between 1919 and 1945. It was known as the German Workers' Party (DAP) before the name was changed in 1920.

The party's last leader, Adolf Hitler, was appointed Chancellor of Germany by president Paul von Hindenburg in 1933. Hitler rapidly established a totalitarian regime known as the Third Reich.

After Hitler took control over Germany, the Nazi party declared all labor organizations illegal and replaced them with a sole entity known as DAF.

This is a German WWII hat. As issued to leaders of the labor union.

The design of the hay consists of a black wool body. The mid-section is also of black color and has a pattern of leaves on a vine. The visor is made of black leather.

An eagle is placed at the front, high point of the hat. A metal cocckade is placed just below. A silver cord is secured at each end of the hat via the use of metal silver buttons. The cord indicates leader status.

The cockade is of very elegant design. Of aluminum construction. A labor cog wheel is placed in the center. A swastika is inside the wheel. A half of wreath extends to the left and right of the wheel. Both, the eagle and cockade are secured to the hat via prongs.

This page is a recognition and identification guide for WWII German hats. Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out clearly defined points that should be noted.

One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my WWII German hat worth?". A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the hats is reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth of the German headgear in the collector's market is illustrated.

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The inside of the hat shows a white ink stamp placed in the material itself. There are no RZM paper tags found.

The stamp shows an eagle with the wings fully spread. The following words are written just below it: ADLERHORST, DEUTSCHE, WERTARBEIT, which translates to "Eagle refuge, German, Value work".

The sweatband is made of khaki color leather. The inside of the leather visor is black in color and smooth. It does not have the traditional checkered pattern.

This hat is currently being reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this hat. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the headgear.

If you have an interest is seeing other headgear of the Third Reich, you can do so by going to our WWII German Headgear identification guide. Where we cover Heer (Army), Navy (Kriegsmarine), Air Force (Luftwaffe), political and other organizations.


The value for the German WWII hats and other military antiques and collectibles is provided as a means to educate the collector community and individuals who have a general interest on the field. The following is an estimated value. Prices may vary in every state and every country. This service is provided courtesy of MilitaryItems.com . The source for military antiques and collectibles in the web.

Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Value $520.00 $560.00 $600.00 $650.00 $725.00
Availability Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare
Invest Grade A A A A A

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