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H080776 COMBAT ENGINEER OFFICER'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. Officer and certain senior NCO ranks were responsible for purchasing their own caps and as a result were allotted a clothing allowance through the army’s Kleiderkasse, (Clothing Account), system. The Officers and certain senior NCO’s could choose to purchase their caps from the armed forces clothing depots or to privately purchase visor caps of higher quality. Although enlisted personnel were issued their caps from government supplies they were also permitted to purchase privately tailored caps although the price may have been restrictive. Originally the insignia worn on the visor caps 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 gilt cords for the ranks of Generalmajor to Generalfeldmarschall. 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. Of Note: Both the first pattern Reichsheer era visor cap eagle and wreath were replaced with the second pattern in March 1935. The different branches of service within the army were allocated a particular identifying waffenfarbe, (Branch of Service Color), with black being chosen for Pionier, (Combat Engineer), personnel which was displayed as piping on the visor cap.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice quality, private purchase, field-grey wool construction visor cap features a blue/green badge cloth centerband and black wool waffenfarbe piping to the crown edge and both the top and bottom edges of the centerband. The front center of the cap features a second pattern, stamped natural aluminum, national eagle and the front center of the centerband has a nice quality, hand embroidered, oak-leaf wreath in bright silver/aluminum wire threads encompassing a highly vaunted three piece national tri-color cockade consisting of a fluted black alloy base, a natural aluminum roundel and an inserted red felt centerpiece all mounted on a cut-out blue/green badge cloth base. The cap has a twisted silver/aluminum chin cord which was secured in place by two, small, silver washed, pebbled, alloy buttons. The cap has an extended, forward, black lacquered, vulcanfibre visor with a subtly raised lip near the forward edge. The interior of the cap is fully lined in two grades of golden/tan rayon with a smooth finish to the crown lining and a ribbed finish to the body lining. The interior crown lining has a clear celluloid sweat rhomboid fully intact.  Cap is a size 59. Super nice!

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $1,250.00

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