L008679 OFFICER'S VISOR CAP. (Schirmmütze)

BACKGROUND: Visor caps were a standard item for all military 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. The visor caps for Company and Field grade Officer’s holding the ranks of Leutnant up to Oberst were distinguished from EM/NCO’s caps by bright silver/aluminum piping and a silver/aluminum chin cord while Officers holding Generals ranks of Generalmajor up to Reichsmarschall utilized gold colored fittings. EM/NCO ranks visor caps utilized the appropriate waffenfarbe, (Branch of Service Color), piping and blackened leather chinstraps. Officers 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.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice quality, private purchase, Luftwaffe blue/grey, wool/rayon blend construction visor cap with a subtle, whipcord weave features a black, horizontally ribbed, interwoven, mohair centerband, and bright, interwoven silver/aluminum piping to the crown edge and both the top and bottom edges of the centerband. The internal cap crown stiffening wire has been removed but a vertical stiffener to the front center and internal padding give the cap a nice Sattelform shape with a high, central, forward peak. The front center of the cap has a EM/NCO’s metal eagle which looks to be 100% period application to the cap and there is no trace of a hand embroidered type ever being there. The front center of the centerband has a hand embroidered, winged, oak-leaf wreath in bright, silver/aluminum wire threads, encompassing a hand embroidered, national tri-color cockade. The wreath has grey and black accent threads and the national tri-color cockade is constructed in black and silver/aluminum wire threads with an a central, red wool dot. The winged wreath and cockade are mounted on a cut-out, black, wool base which is handstitched in place. The cap has an interwoven, twisted, silver/aluminum, braid, chin cord which is secured to the cap by two, small, silver washed, pebbled, alloy buttons. The cap has an extended, forward, black leather visor (same as you would see on a crusher cap). The interior of the cap is fully lined in grey rayon. The lining to the interior crown has a clear celluloid sweat rhomboid fully intact. Makers details are printed to the rhomboid. The interior of the cap has a grey leather sweatband fully intact. Original owners initials are to the sweatband. Roughly a size 57. Shows the expect age and use. Nice, early, cap with a scarce leather visor.

GRADE ****                         PRICE $1,295.00

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