- This is an outstanding, original Elite M43 cap from the famous Dachau Horde that was found in a storage depot in Dachau, Germany at the end of WW2. It is constructed in the late war rough Field Gray wool that has various fiber inclusions woven into it (by that time, wool was woven from a blend of chopped up wool rags, blankets. old uniforms, etc). The lining is gray Rayon, and the stitching of the Trapezoid does not show through. The underside of the cloth bill has the paper stiffening exposed, which is a trademark of a Dachau Horde hat. Very little nap remaining to the wool, just spots here and there. Also, some heavier mothing on the crown (see photo #09). The photos show clear details of the stitching and overall construction, as well as the weave of the base fabric.
The Trapezoid is woven, Bevo-style, silver-gray on green, and attached with a zig-zag stitch. I have been told that this is a rare variation of the woven Trapezoid, similar to, but not identical to the more common Bevo-Wuppertal made ones.