Red Army Enlisted Man or NCO pilotka side cap, early
In olive drab wool gabardine. The cap star is WW2 style, in
steel with bronze finish and enamel. Liner is in light olive
green cotton drill fabric. The liner shows maker mark of the
workshop Plamya Sotsializma ("Flame of Socialism") in the
village of Knyaginino, Gorky Region; there are also a
quality control stamp and size stamp 55 (about US size 6 7/8
- Small). Note the absence of the sweat band as typical of
very early EM pilotkas.
In good overall condition, very respectable for a Soviet EM
hat of WW2 vintage. The outer shell is generally in decent
shape, although it has a number of small moth holes. The
color is nice and uniform, without soiling or significant
discoloration spots. There are no rips or other major
damage. The liner is sound and overall clean, with just
normal wear and minimal soiling.
Any Soviet enlisted man's hats of WW2 era were usually worn
by their original owners long after the return from the war.
Very few have survived in anything like collectible
condition. Those from the early war or pre-war period were
always hard to find, and they've become especially scarce
and sought after in recent years.