Prussian Dragoon Krätzchen model 1910.
Interesting example of the Imperial German cavalry field cap. As it was mentioned previously the black band on the field caps was mainly reserved for artillery, pioneers, aviation and railway units. However caps for all these troops had always red piping, which separate the black band as well as the red piping on the cap rim. Presented here cap has black band without piping and the black piping on the cap’s rim.
The lining of the cap is marked B.A.IX what indicate IX Army Corps.
There were two Dragoons regiments in the IX Armee Corps, 1. Großherzoglich Mecklenburgisches Dragoner Regiment Nr. 17 and 2. Großherzoglich Mecklenburgisches Dragoner Regiment Nr. 18 from, which only Dragoon Regiment Nr. 18 has black colour of the band and piping.
Characteristic feature of the all regiments from Macklenburg region was colour of the land cockade which was blue, yellow and red.
Unfortunately the bottom cockade on the cap indicate Kingdom of Prussia – black and white colours, which is contrary to the stamp B.A.IX. However there were also two regiments of the Prussians Dragoons which also had black colours of the band and piping on theirs caps. There were Dragoons Regiment Nr. 6 and Dragoons Regiment Nr. 14.
Everything it seems indicate that the cap in the first instance was assigned in year 1915 to the 2. Großherzoglich Mecklenburgisches Dragooner Regiment Nr. 18. Afterwards was given to the Prussians Dragoner Regiment Nr. 6 or Dragoner Regiment Nr. 14. It is also possible that maybe the cockades were replaced later.