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K007876 COASTAL ARTILLERY (Cloth Visor) EM/NCO'S VISOR CAP. (Schirmmütze)

BACKGROUND: German Naval uniforms and headgear were based on traditional designs that date back to the creation of the Prussian Navy in 1848, and although uniforms and headgear did evolve during the interim years many items used during the Third Reich would still have been quite recognizable to the Imperial sailor. Land based Kriegsmarine personnel, primarily Coastal Artillery members, were issued field-grey uniforms and headgear as early as 1921. The use of the field-grey garments and headgear continued through-out the Weimar Reichsmarine era and on into the Third Reich period with minor modifications. The Kriegsmarine field-grey visor caps were slightly different then the standard blue and white topped visor caps. The Reichsmarine era field-grey visor caps utilized blackened leather chinstraps for all ranks until regulations in June 1933 introduced silver chin cords for Officer’s ranks of Leutnant zur See up to and including Grossadmiral to distinguish themselves from EM/NCO ranks. Further regulations in October 1938 extended wear of the silver chin cords to NCO officer candidates. Of Note: In 1943 the Kriegsmarine introduced a field-grey uniform and visor cap for Admiral’s ranks with the visor cap being outfitted with a gilt chin cord. Originally Kriegsmarine personnel wore the Weimar Reichsmarine era oval, black, Weimar eagle "cockade" on a gold background encompassed by a gold oak-leaf wreath on their visor caps until March 14TH 1933 when the Weimar era cockade was replaced with a circular black, white, and red cockade, followed by the new NSDAP style national eagle on March 24TH 1934 and a new, more detailed, pattern wreath on April 2ND 1935. Originally the Kriegsmarine field-grey visor caps were the rounded top, "Tellerform" shape caps and were worn with a field-grey badge cloth centerband until regulations in 1935 introduced the more relaxed, "Sattelform" shaped caps and altered the centerband to blue/green badge cloth. Officers and certain senior NCO ranks were responsible for purchasing their own caps and as a result were allotted a clothing allowance through the OKK, Offizier Kleiderkasse der Kriegsmarine, (Officer’s Clothing Account of the Navy), system. The Officers and senior NCO’s could choose to purchase their caps directly from the armed forces clothing depots or to privately purchase visor caps of higher quality.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice quality, visor cap with a field-grey, wool/rayon, construction body and crown and a green cloth centerband and green wool piping to the crown edge and both the top and bottom edges of the centerband. The front center of the cap features a gilt washed, stamped alloy, national eagle with outstretched wings, clutching a wreathed, canted, swastika in its talons. The front center of the centerband has a gilt washed, stamped alloy, oak-leave wreath encompassing a separate, stamped national tri-color cockade. These are mounted on green wool which is in turn mounted to the centerband. The cap has a blackened leather chinstrap with two, sliding, length adjustment straps. The chinstrap is secured to the cap by two, small, alloy buttons. The chinstrap retaining buttons have a horizontally ribbed, background field with an embossed, fouled, anchor and a simulated twisted rope outer edge. The cap is original wool covered visor. The interior of the cap is fully lined in orange/tan linen. Full sweat shield with "Clemens Wagner" logo. Size marked 54. Superb condition. Exceedingly rare to see with the wool covered visor, first one I have seen in over 40 years of doing this! Nice!     (Ex Philippe Gillain Collection)

GRADE ****1/2                                                 PRICE $2,995.00   (Or Best Offer)

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