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L014679 SIGNALS 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. On its inception on February 26TH 1935, the Luftwaffe adopted most of the uniform items of the earlier DLV, Deutscher Luftsport Verband, (German Air Sports League), its civilian forerunner, including the visor cap. In March 1935 the earlier, "Tellerform", saucer shaped, caps were replaced with a new a "Sattelform" cap with a higher front peak and an oval shaped top. Officer and certain senior NCO ranks were responsible for purchasing their own caps and as a result were allotted a clothing allowance through the Luftwaffe's Verkaufsabteilung, (Air-Force Sales Department), 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. Company and Field grade Officer's caps were distinguished from the EM/NCO's caps by bright silver/aluminum piping and a silver/aluminum chin cord while General Officer's ranks utilized gold colored fittings. The different branches of service within the Luftwaffe were allocated a particular identifying waffenfarbe, (Branch of Service Color), with light brown being chosen for Signals personnel. EM/NCO ranks utilized the appropriate waffenfarbe piping and blackened leather chinstraps.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice quality, privately purchased, Luftwaffe blue/grey, wool/rayon blend construction flight EM/NCO's visor cap features a black, horizontally ribbed, interwoven, mohair centerband, and golden brown wool waffenfarbe piping to the crown edge and both the top and bottom edges of the centerband. The front center of the cap has an second pattern, (Circa 1936/1937-1945), silver washed, stamped alloy, Luftwaffe eagle clutching a canted, swastika in it's talons. The front center of the centerband has a silver washed, stamped alloy, winged wreath with a black, silver and red painted national tri-color cockade. The cap has a black, patent leather chinstrap with two, black painted, vertically rectangular, metal, retaining clips and two, black painted, vertically oval, metal, sliding length adjustment buckles. The chinstrap is secured to the cap by two, smooth, black painted sheet metal buttons. The cap has an extended, forward, black lacquered, ersatz cardstock visor. The interior of the cap is fully lined in grey rayon. Full celluloid sweat rhomboid. The interior of the cap also has a tan leather sweatband. Excellent unit markings. Roughly a size 60. Nice clean cap.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $895.00 (Or Best Offer)

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