Danish artillery officer’s kepi (circa 1915)
My pal, Lars Schmidt, a well-known Danish photographer gave this wonderful old artillery kepi to me for safe keeping. He’s worried his small children will tear it to pieces!. It belonged to his grandfather, Henry Nicolai Schmidt, who was an officer in the Danish Army’s Corp of Engineers from about 1913-33. His last posting was as commander of Masendø Fort and supervising engineer at Borgsted Battery. The wonderful kepi shown here is probably from about 1923, although the style was introduced in the 1890s and was still in use for ceremonial purposes up to the beginning of WWII. The kepi is missing a raised cockade at the top, which would have included the king’s monogram. Many thanks, Lars, for this wonderful and historic addition! I’ll take good care of it!