G005283 M1910 PRUSSIAN INFANTRY EM/NCO’S 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 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 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: Nice quality, M1910 pattern, field-grey doeskin wool construction visor cap with red wool piping to the top crown edge and a red wool horizontal centerband trimmed at the top edge in red wool piping. The piping and centerband color indicate service with the infantry. The cap consists of a one piece circular crown with a four piece body with four vertical machine stitched seams situated at either side and the center of both the front and back. The front center of the cap has a stamped, alloy Reisches-kokarden in black, white and red with a fluted outside edge. The front center of the centerband has a Prussian state cockade in black and white also with a fluted outside edge. The cap has a black lacquered vulcanfibre visor with a raised lip near the forward edge. The interior is complete with its gold silk/cloth liner. The interior of the cap also has a 40mm tan alkor sweatband. Sweatband is complete with no rips or tears. The cap is in overall good condition. The cap is roughly size 58. Nice clean, untouched cap.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $595.00

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