L004669 MEDICAL 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 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 dark blue being chosen for medical personnel.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice quality, private purchase, Luftwaffe blue/grey wool/rayon blend construction cap features a black, horizontally ribbed, interwoven, mohair centerband, and dark blue wool waffenfarbe to the crown edge and both the top and bottom edges of the centerband. The front center of the cap has an 2nd pattern, stamped, alloy 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. 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, vulcanfibre visor with stitched on, simulated leather trim to the forward edge. The interior of the cap is fully lined in rust/orange colored oilcloth and the crown lining retains its original clear celluloid sweat rhomboid. Statni "722" inventory marks. Cap is size marked 57. The interior of the cap also has a tan leather sweatband with ersatz padding under the front forehead section. Scarce medical personnel cap is nice condition.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $1,018.00

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