Das Papa Wollkappa Kreigsmarine watch cap
The U- Boat Cap.
At the submarine base in Bremen, May 1945, U-37 lay on her side, scuttled at wars end. After 11 patrols, 53 ships sunk, 2 warships destroyed and 1 damaged, her crew marched silently along the wharf, now lined with Allied soldiers.
Ernest wrote furiously hoping to capture the moment in a brief terse style of writing for his Colliers readers back home. He placed his note book back into his correspondents M-43 jacket as the Kreigsmarines filed past him. Each placed a ditty bag in a gesture of surrender into a large empty wooden ammunition box. Ernest watched the box. 5, 10, 15, 20, 20 survivors from an original roster of 49 crew. The cost of war was high. Ernest picked up the box and knew it had to be given for redistribution and he knew where to take it.
Date line June 1945.
Papa Nui Atoll Supply Base.
Surveying the confiscated ditty bags we see an exclusive that draws its inspiration from late war material shortages. Factories pieced together kit from whatever scraps of fabric were available, so here we mix German camouflage into a bag that features summer/Autumn Palm patterns, autumn Blurred edge, Spring Plane tree and Italian manufacture Telo mimetico with classic Pea dot Camo straps.
Each bag has been hand crafted by Saner Lohvitee, master and prolific bag maker.
The U-Boat cap, the ‘podlemutz’, is reversed engineered by Sonya Lekker in Montana USA, from originals in a warm pure worsted wool, a mix of Merino and Corriedale, for softness and strength. These caps like the allied Red Cross watch caps made for sailors on warships and merchant ships are hand knitted with the same embodiment of love hope and safe passage as the originals by patient Frauleins of the Fatherland.
The U-boat pins are acquired from War Hats UK and are solid brass, aged in salt and vinegar to tarnish stain and age as though exposed to the briny Atlantic. The Trident emblem the mascot of U-37 is provided for you to sew to your cap. A 1940’s Red Cross lithograph print pin badge is added to represent those knitted also by the Deutsche Rote Kreuz.
The swing tags were designed by vintage afficiendado and San Francisco artist Patrick Segui, and are hand stamped by the Papa and tied off in natural jute string and finally secured to the Pudlemutz by a WWII aged brass laundry pin.
These are the steps involved in bringing together a conceptual idea that harnesses the talents of many to produce a product for the few. Only 20 packages are available so please don’t hesitate to grab one of these whilst available. Don’t sit on the fence then ask me about plans for a rerelease as coordinating this product has been a process of 8 months and not likely to be be repeated any time soon.
* All orders receive a special additional gift. Left over fabric scraps are not wasted, each useable piece is assessed and then modeled into eye masks, to aid in shift sleeping in the crowded bunks amidst the stored torpedos.
*Each Podelmutz is available as a package only and will not be split for a single item purchase.
*Left over ditty bags will be offered for sale as single items.