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Old 03-13-2017, 05:53 AM   #1
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Courier service/special communications cap?

This dark blue cap was a part of a larger headwear lot I purchesed last year.
It seems to be a visor cap for the courrier service.
The only information I have found are here:
http://www.vedomstva-uniforma.ru/mun...vaz/index.html
indicating it's Latvian "special communications"
and here:
http://undertheredstar.com/Communications.htm
- I have tried to contact the author but no luck.
The cap itself seems to be some sort of authentic soviet-made visor cap from 1970. It has standard Army buttons.
Any thoughts?
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Re: Courier service/special communications cap?

It seems to be an original 1949 (introduced) cockade of the Department Of Special Communications Under The Soviet Of Ministers Of The Latvian SSR - nothing to do with NKVD nor junior to it - directly under the ministers.

As for the cap? Somehow I doubt such a small department was making its own caps so they used an ample supply.
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Re: Courier service/special communications cap?

But the articleindicates that there should be also the star cocageon the cap'scrown. Also, it suggests that the cap should have black band. I know that it was quite common that non-military caps had different colours than they should, but still I have some doubts about the cap.
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Re: Courier service/special communications cap?

The cap is "questionable" but not flat out wrong.

A strong source and provenance would make it less questionable, as usual.
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