BACKGROUND: Visor caps were a standard item for all personnel during the Third Reich period and regulations dictated the form of dress they were to be worn with based on the individuals rank. Officer and senior NCO ranks were responsible for purchasing their own caps and could choose to purchase them from the army clothing depots or to privately purchase visor caps of higher quality. Originally the insignia worn on the visor cap consisted the Weimar Reichsheer patterns which included a blackened leather chinstrap for all ranks. In February 1927 new chin cords for Officer ranks were introduced with silver cords for the ranks of Leutnant to Oberst and senior NCO Officer aspirants and gilt cords for the ranks of Generalmajor to Generalfeldmarschall. Of Note: Both the first pattern Reichsheer era visor cap eagle and wreath were replaced with the second pattern in March 1935. Also Of Note: On May 2ND 1939 the Oberkommando des Heeres, (Army High Command), authorized wear of a distinctive edelweiss tradition badge for Mountain Troop personnel and the design of the badge was based on a pattern worn by German Alpine troops in WWI. The badge came in three forms with a cloth version for wear on the upper right sleeve of the service uniform, a stemmed metal version for wear on the mountain cap and a stemless metal version for wear on the visor cap. Originally regulations, unsuccessfully, dictated the edelweiss’s were to be removed from wear if an individual was transferred out of a Mountain Troop unit. On November 12TH 1944 regulations were altered to permitted continued wear of the edelweiss after transfer out of a Mountain Troop unit as long as the individual had combat experience while serving with the Mountain Troops. The stemless pattern edelweiss was to be worn on the visor cap positioned below the national eagle and above the oak-leaf wreath and national cockade. 

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice quality, private purchase, field-grey wool and rayon blend construction visor cap with a subtle whipcord weave, a blue/green badge cloth centerband and light green wool waffenfarbe piping to the crown edge and both the top and bottom edges of the centerband. The internal crown stiffening wire and an internal vertical stiffener to the front center are both intact and give the cap a nice, relaxed, saddle form shape with a high central peak. The front center of the cap features a second pattern, stamped, polished natural aluminum national eagle positioned above a two piece, silver and gilt washed, stamped alloy construction, stemless edelweiss. The silver washed edelweiss features eleven extended, irregular petals and a separate, gilt washed, stamped alloy six bulb stamen. Both the silver wash to the petals and the gilt wash to the stamen are fully retained. The front center of the centerband has a second pattern, stamped, polished natural aluminum oak-leaf wreath encompassing a three piece national tri-color cockade. The highly vaunted national tri-color cockade consists of a fluted, black alloy base, a natural aluminum roundel and an inset, red felt center dot. The insignia is all quite clean and bright. The cap has a twisted silver/aluminum chin cord which is secured in place by two, small, silver washed, pebbled, alloy buttons. The cap has a black lacquered vulcanfibre visor with a subtly raised lip near the forward edge. The interior of the cap is fully lined in ribbed golden/tan rayon. The crown lining has a clear celluloid sweat diamond intact with a couple of missing stitches. The lining beneath the sweat diamond is well marked with reddish/brown printed eagle logo, script, "Erstklassig", (First Class), and the stylized overlapping manufacturers initials, "CW", indicating manufacture by Clemens Wagner of Braunschweig. The interior of the cap also has a wide, tan alkor machine stitched in place. The cap is in overall very good condition with minimal age and usage toning. The cap is roughly size 58. Very nice cap.

GRADE ****1/4                            PRICE $2,150.00

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