N005177 TeNo OFFICER'S VISOR CAP. (Schirmmütze)

BACKGROUND: TeNo, Technischen Nothilfe, (Technical Emergency Corps), was originally established in September 1919, of trained, voluntary, civilian personnel to maintain and repair essential services in the event of a natural disaster or emergency. Many of its personnel were ex-service men and a large amount of them had some type of specialized technical training which was key to its mandate. TeNo was a civilian organization administered under the Minister of the Interior, until mid-1939 when it became an official State organization under control of the Police which in turn was controlled by the SS. With this change in status a small nucleus of salaried Officials were employed to run the organization. As the war dragged on TeNo, became more and more a para-military organization with its direction becoming more controlled by the Waffen-SS.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Early, (pre-1940), TeNo Officer’s visor cap. Nice quality, private purchase, navy blue wool construction cap with a black, velvet centerband. The top crown edge and both the top and bottom edges of the centerband are trimmed in bright, interwoven silver aluminum piping.The front center of the cap has an aluminum TeNo national eagle, clutching a canted swastika with the TeNo emblem of a cogged wheel with stylized, overlapping initials, "TN", superimposed on top. The front center of the centerband has a hand embroidered, stylized, laurel leaf wreath with a closed top in bright silver/aluminum wire threads encompassing a highly vaunted, three piece national tri-color cockade. The cockade features a fluted black alloy base, a silver washed alloy roundel and a inset red screen vented centerpiece. Both the laurel leaf wreath and cockade are mounted on a cut-out black wool base which is handstitched to the cap. The cap has a bright, twisted, silver/aluminum chincord which is secured to the cap by two, small, silver washed, pebbled alloy buttons. The cap has a black vulcanfibre visor with a raised lip near the forward edge. The interior of the cap is fully lined in golden yellow rayon. The interior crown of the cap has a clear celluloid sweat diamond which is fully intact. The lining beneath the sweat diamond is well marked with silver printed TeNo style eagle, manufacturers name, "Erel", and additional script, "Nach Vorschrift Reichsamt Technische Nothilfe", (As Prescribed by the National Office of the Technical Emergency Corps). Original paper Erel tag is still present and is the original size tag "57". The interior of the cap also has a wide, tan leather sweatband with ventilation perforations to the front section. The sweatband is also well marked with impressed, silvered, manufacturers name, "Erel". Scarce cap and super nice.

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $3,100.00

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