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 could choose to purchase them 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. EM/NCO ranks utilized the appropriate branch of service piping and blackened leather chinstraps. The different branches of service within the Luftwaffe were allocated a particular identifying waffenfarbe color with light brown being chosen for personnel serving in Flak Artillery units. In April 1935 a white topped visor cap was introduced and was permitted for wear by all ranks between the months of April 1ST and October 1ST annually.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice quality, private purchase, white top visor cap consists of a removable, white, ribbed cotton/rayon blend material top with white cotton/rayon blend piping to the forward edge of the crown. The removable top fits securely to the formed body of the cap. The cap features a black, horizontally ribbed, mohair centerband, and orange/brown wool to both the top and bottom edges of the centerband. The front center of the cap has a 2nd pattern, stamped, natural aluminum Luftwaffe eagle and the front center of the centerband has a stamped, natural aluminum, winged, oak-leave wreath with a painted national tri-color cockade. Both the eagle and the winged wreath are still quite bright and clean. The cap has a black patent leather chinstrap with two, black painted, rectangular, sheet metal, retaining clips and two, black painted, vertically oval, sheet 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, cardboard visor with stitched on simulated leather trim to the forward edge. The interior of the cap is unlined with a wide leather sweatband. Cap is roughly a size 57. The expected light age toning. Near mint and nice!    (Ex Philippe Gillain Collection)

GRADE ****1/2                                                 PRICE $1,295.00 (Or Best Offer)

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