G003566 SAXON EM/NCO’S "FELDPOST" VISOR CAP. (Schirmmütze)

BACKGROUND: The Prussian army’s visor cap evolved from the enlisted mans "stable cap" in the early 1800's and was originally reserved for wear by Officer’s and Senior NCO’s with enlisted personnel being outfitted with a visor-less "Kratzchen" type field cap. In the early 1900's wear of the visor cap was extended to EM’s and Junior NCO ranks when off duty or in peace time. In 1907/1910 the German army introduced a new field-grey uniform, including headgear, to replace the previously worn dark blue "Dunkelblau" uniforms. In 1915 after the outbreak of WWI the new 1907/1910 uniforms and headgear underwent minor modifications and were re-designated the M1915 uniform. On its introduction the NCO/Officer’s visor cap was issued with a branch of service, (waffenfarbe) colored centerband and piping. In 1917 the visor cap was modified by discontinuing the branch of service color centerbands and replacing them with a less visible green centerband for all branches of service but both versions of the caps were worn concurrently.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Feldgrau wool construction visor cap with red piping to the top of the crown edge and wool horizontal centerband. Center band in red wool with a black central stripe. The cap consists of a one piece circular crown with a four piece body with four vertical stitched seams situated at either side and the center of both the front and back. Nice original Saxon and National EM/NCO’s cockades. The cap has a black lacquered vulcanfibre visor with a raised lip near the forward edge. The interior of the cap is lined in gold/cream silk. The interior of the cap also has a complete wide leather sweatband. Cap is about a size 58. Never seen and example offered for sale before. Rare feldpost cap!

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $695.00

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