Sweden
 
Swedish Army officer’s cap (WWII)
An excellent example of a 30s-vintage cap. Note the blue and yellow Swedish cockade—a typical feature of pre-WWII European caps. Although tarnished, the piping and cap cords are in gold bullion and the whole cap is extremely well made. It was sold by “A. Bergmann” in Malmö, a large Swedish city just across the Sound from Copenhagen. From an historical point of view, this particular model is interesting since it is often associated with Count Folke Bernadotte, who, as leader of the Swedish Red Cross, was instrumental in rescuing thousands of Scandinavians held prisoner in German concentration camps during March and April 1945.







A 1943 portrait of Count Folke Bernadotte in full military dress. (Photo courtesy of the Swedish Red Cross.)