Product Description: Allgemeine SS NCO Visor. The visor is in overall Near Mint Condition. The cap body is made of early pre war black dyed wool with no moth nips or damage. The white cotton piping is bright and shows no damage. A black ribbed cotton band runs the circumference of the visor and shows no damage. The black leather chinstrap still retains all of it’s original black lacquering, shows no damage, and is securely held in place by two black brass braids on the side of the visor. The Deschler made insignia on the front of the visor are early Cupal examples with a nice even matching patina. The insignia appears to be originally applied to the visor. The visor’s bill is in near mint condition with the “SS RZM” stamp on the underside. The interior of the visor is lined with a red-orange oil cloth type twill. The lining is in near mint condition with no damage. The rhomboid sweat shield is nearly intact, with only the center name label pocket area missing. Under the sweat shield in gold ink is the SS logo. The leather sweatband is securely, and originally, sewn to the caps body. The underside of the leather is stamped “CN37” in black ink. The black and white RZM oilcloth label is sewn under the sweatband on the opposite side. The maker stamped on the RZM tag is “35”. An excellent example of an Allgemeine SS NCO Visor.
Historical Description: The visor cap (Schirmmütze) was an important part of the headgear worn by German uniformed military, civil, paramilitary and political organizations during the Third Reich. This was the standard cloth headgear worn as a part of the service uniform. Visor caps were worn outdoors as well as indoors, and were often required to be worn by all personnel on duty. Visor caps were made in versions specific to each organization and were often further differentiated through the use of insignia, colored piping, or style of chin cord, to indicate rank, role or branch. The insignia used on these caps ranged from simple stamped metal emblems, to elaborate hand embroidery. Visor caps were issued to enlisted soldiers and NCOs in the military and in some other organizations. Officers had to purchase their own hats, and lower ranks could choose to purchase caps that were of a higher quality than the rather basic, issue examples. The private purchase caps were generally made in very high quality, with fine materials. A wide variety of fabrics were used, from Trikot and doeskin, to heavy wool, or even lightweight white fabric for summer wear. In the military, issue of these caps was generally suspended shortly after the outbreak of the war, but they continued to be worn by some troops until the end of the war.
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