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#1 04-11-2017 18:00:31

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Registered: 19-04-2017
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paper/article on M40 tropical peaked cap

Here's a link to the first part of a new paper on the M40 tropical peaked cap. Its not that good but it might be useful to those of you who are not that familiar with these things.

Note: there're handful of modern photos in it, which I've used without permission, either because I don't know who posted them or because I was unable to contact the person who posted them. If you recognise any of these as yours (they will either be credited to the moniker used on the forum or "unknown"), please contact me and I'll either add the correct attribution, or remove/ replace the photo — if you wish me to do so.

And many thanks to all of you who've allowed me to reuse their photos.



#2 07-11-2017 13:28:20

From: Cyprus
Registered: 05-09-2013
Posts: 2578

Re: paper/article on M40 tropical peaked cap

Hi Mike,
thanks for adding the link here. I am very anxious to read the first part and glad fully to have the second part soon.
Congrats on your big effort.

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#3 08-11-2017 09:47:34

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From: Hokendauqua.Pa. U.S.A.
Registered: 23-06-2011
Posts: 1672

Re: paper/article on M40 tropical peaked cap

Thanks for the link. Rich A. in Pa.

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#4 10-08-2019 22:15:41

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Re: paper/article on M40 tropical peaked cap

My work on the Afrikamütze Database is at last finished. Here are links to the final version. The links are high resolution, the ones, somewhat lower. Many thanks to everybody who has helped me with photos and comments. The paper is far from perfect, but I think—I hope—it will be of some use and interest.
Mike … ticcap2019 … hefake2019 … ndices2019 … pendix2019

Abstract. This essay, the third of four describing and contextualizing the faking for profit of Afrikakorps material culture, is intended to assist students in distinguishing real from reproduction and fake material, and demonstrate in a practical and lasting way how our knowledge and understanding of these can be augmented by a contribution from academia, the analytical approach of which should be more systematic, more disciplined and more open than that of the average lay enthusiast. Its focus is the German army tropical peaked cap, or, for those who wore it in the North African theatre between 1941 and 1943, the Afrikamütze.
The analysis is based on the assumption that different combinations of cap traits are diagnostic both of different cap manufacturers and cap dates, and can be used both to identify these and distinguish real caps from reproductions and fakes. Part 1 of this essay separates out and describes these traits, the object of this being to clarify their exact nature and interpretative role. It then re-sorts them by date and manufacturer, the object of this being to provide a catalogue of authentic caps against which individual caps—real and fake alike—can be compared. Highlighted are the different proportions of cap traits and their first appearance in the record and the implications of these for our understanding of cap manufacturer, issue, and use. Part 2 separates out and describes the traits diagnostic of reproduction and fake caps and compares and contrasts these with those of authentic caps. It then reassembles them by reproduction manufacturer and putative faker group, 12 of which, by perhaps six different legitimate manufacturers and faking operations are distinguished. It also considers the "perfect fake" and how we might identify it. Highlighted are the potential implications of unidentified fakes for our understanding and the value—in the broadest sense—of the real thing. The Appendices include additional sections on army General officers' tropical peaked caps, caps of uncertain authenticity, and sidecaps or Schiffchen, and a provisional identification chart for caps without surviving manufacturer stamps. Digital Appendix 1 lists the aforementioned traits for the 340-odd authentic caps in the Database.
Many of the traits and sets of traits of authentic and fake caps discussed here have been discussed before. But this is the first time a discussion of them has been presented as a single coherent whole. Others are discussed—or at least elaborated upon—for the first time. This makes the essay a worthwhile contribution to our understanding of the cap.
Fakers rely on the ignorance, inattentiveness, or blind enthusiasm of their customers to pass off their fakes; and the only way to check them is to educate the latter. This essay is a stage in that education. It also provides a possible template for other studies of this sort; and in so far as it reveals certain trends of manufacture and use, it represents a first—albeit tentative—stage in their study.

Last edited by seagerthomas3 (11-08-2019 13:18:37)



#5 11-08-2019 05:34:36

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From: Australia
Registered: 05-12-2011
Posts: 743

Re: paper/article on M40 tropical peaked cap

Look forward to reading it in detail Mike,
thx for posting the links smile

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#6 11-08-2019 22:35:18

From: Paris
Registered: 06-04-2011
Posts: 2036

Re: paper/article on M40 tropical peaked cap

thanks Mike and welcome !



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