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H069976 MEDICAL EM/NCO'S VISOR CAP. (Schirmmütze)

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. Originally the insignia worn on the visor caps consisted of the Weimar Reichswehr pattern oak-leaf wreath and cockade and 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 gilt cords for the ranks of Generalmajor to Generalfeldmarschall. On March 14TH 1933 the Reichswehr’s oval black, red and gold cockade was replaced with a circular cockade in black, white, and red and on February 17TH 1934 the Third Reich pattern national eagle for the army was officially introduced for wear on the visor cap. In March 1935 a new, more detailed, pattern wreath and cockade and a second, larger pattern national eagle were also introduced for wear and in late 1935 regulations altered the Reichswehr era field-grey colored centerband to a dark blue/green coloration which was utilized until the end of the war. Further regulations of February 26TH 1936 also permitted senior NCO’s who were Officer Candidates to wear the Officers twisted silver/aluminum chin cord on their visor caps as opposed to the standard EM/NCO’s leather chinstrap.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice quality, private purchase, field-grey, wool construction cap with blue/green badge cloth centerband and cornflower blue wool waffenfarbe to crown edge and top and bottom of centerband. The internal crown wire and front center vertical stiffeners are both intact. Cap features a second pattern, stamped, natural aluminum national eagle to front center and front center of centerband has a second pattern, stamped and polished natural aluminum oak-leaf wreath encompassing a three piece national tri-color cockade. Cap has a blackened patent leather chinstrap with dual rectangular, magnetic sheet metal sliding length adjustment buckles and two retaining clips. Chinstrap is attached to the cap by two small, smooth, black painted, magnetic sheet metal buttons. Black vulcanfibre visor with raised lip to the forward edge. The interior of the cap is fully lined in gold rayon. The crown lining has a partial clear celluloid sweat diamond intact with Erel makers logo. Complete, wide, original leather sweatband. Cap is roughly size 56. Cap has a mothing in various locations, but not too distracting. Shows loads on nice period use and wear.

GRADE *** 1/2                             PRICE $518.00 (Or Best Offer)

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