L012678 RLB OFFICER'S VISOR CAP. (Shirmmütze)

BACKGROUND: Formed in late 1932 the Deutsches Luftschutzverband, (German Air Protection League), was a voluntary organization designed to provide civil air raid protection in large civilian centers. Shortly after Hitler ascension to power the Deutsches Luftschutzverband was restructured and placed under the supervision of the Reichsluftfahrtministerium, (National Air Ministry), under the control of Hermann Göring. On April 29TH 1933 the Deutsches Luftschutzverband was renamed RLB, Reichs Luftschutz Bund, (National Air Raid Protection League) and was given status as an official national organization tasked with all aspects of civil air raid defence. The RLB remained a voluntary organization with a small cadre of paid, full-time uniformed officials to oversee the organizations functions until June 1935 when obligatory service was introduced. Only the most basic uniform and equipment items were supplied to the cadre personnel, with the rest having to be bought personally by members.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Second pattern officer’s visor cap as introduced in 1938. Nice quality, private purchase, Luftwaffe blue/grey wool/rayon blend construction cap with a whipcord weave and a black wool centerband. Cap has bright, interwoven, silver/aluminum braid piping, to crown edge and top and bottom of centerband. Front center of cap has a hand embroidered, RLB style national eagle in silver/aluminum bullion wire with grey/brown thread accents. Eagle is clutching a black canted, swastika superimposed on a silver/aluminum sunburst pattern. Insignia is mounted on a cut-out blue/grey wool base and is neatly handstitched to cap. Front center of centerband has the unique hand embroidered winged laurel leaf wreath in silver/aluminum bullion and wire threads encompassing a vaunted cardboard, aluminum and cloth national tri-color cockade. Horizontal wings to either side of wreath/cockade also have the same grey/brown accents threads as the eagle. Winged wreath and cockade are mounted on a cut-out black wool base which is neatly handstitched to cap. Black vulcanfibre visor with a raised lip to forward edge is intact. Twisted, bright, silver/aluminum braid chin cords held in place by two, small, silver washed, pebbled, magnetic sheet metal buttons. Interior of cap is fully lined in blue rayon. Clear celluloid sweat diamond is complete and has the makers label underneath. The alkor sweatband is present, but has had a repairs and some sections restored/repaired to it at some point. Roughly a size 55. Scarce cap.     (Ex Philippe Gillain Collection)

GRADE *** 3/4                             PRICE $1,785.00 (Or Best Offer)

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