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Italian Alpini Officer Cappello - WWII Alpine Troop Hat

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Italian Alpini Officer Cappello - WWII Alpine Troop Hat
Great looking alpine "cappello" for WWII Italian officer. Nice looking hat with generally good form throughout. Very nice officer type black eagle. Leatherette band 15 stars of varioustones. The smaller are all the same size but vary from gold to silver to blackened. Really an interesting look. Below that is an even cooler green, white and red cord in a very intricate braid that must have taken forever to get just right. The side sports a leather tube to accept the obligatory feather with a nice looking silver (Probably plated) cross button which might have a small indentation on the front unless that is part of the design. At any rate this is very subtle and not distracting. Cap is nice and clean on the inside. The leatherette sweatband is very clean but has stiffenned over the years causing it to crack every couple of inches. There is only one small triangle of missing material here (See photos). There is no maker name but the logo shows a good looking military type eagle with outstretched wings in a wreath. This eagle is VERY reminiscent of a pilot badge which is interesting on a mountain style cap. While Italian military qualities were quite suspect throughout the war they did have cool insignia and neat hats. This one is a looker and priced right for sure.

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