Prussia Transport Unit M-1895/97 Pattern, Airship Battalion Officers Shako (Luftschifftruppe).
A very rare M1895-97 Telegraph or Airship battalion officers shako. Being of a black cloth covered leather body. The top and front and rear visors are of black patent leather with screwed silver plated line eagle wappen of the airship battalion No. 3 or No. 5 or the telegraph battalion No. 2 through to No. 6. Officer’s Reich cockade. Leather lined flat gilt chin straps on push-through rosettes. Silver bullion and black velvet Feldzeichen. The internal has a brown leather sweatband with handwritten name of “Vogel” “possibly the owner”, with a light brown silk lining which is (stamped “U 75”) and on the inside of the rear visor is an old style white painted number “31”. A fine example of what is now a very sought after airship battalion officers shako.
Size: 7 UK. Size: 7 1/8 US. Size: 57 EU.
Luftschifftruppe: The origin of the Luftschifftruppe (“airship troop“) was a special Versuchskompanie für Motorluftschiffahrt (“experimental unit for powered airship navigation”) organized in 1906 as part of the Luftschiffertruppe. After tests of the different available airship types, the semi-rigid Groß airship and the Parseval blimp were abandoned while the rigid airships of Zeppelin and Schütte-Lanz design were selected for service. While the use of airships for military purposes had been pioneered by the German army, in 1913 the navy raised their own airship troops. After operating in varying command structures for the first years of the war, in late 1916 the navy took over airship operations on the western front while the army became responsible for the east and the Balkans. Telegraph or Airship battalion officers shako.
Good Condition. this telegraph or airship battalion officers shako is showing some light age ware to the outside, the one side of the Feldzeichen “Field Badge” wire is detached but this is not really noticeable when the badge is in place. There is a hole to the silk lining where the ’U’ stamp is, it almost looks as though it has reacted with the ink used for the stamp.