Allgemeine SS Officers Visor

Condition: Excellent

Pattern: Officer

Base Material: Doeskin Wool, Zinc Insignia

SKU: C11423 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This Allgemeine SS Officers Visor is a stunning example of this iconic piece of SS headgear. It’s a late war style cap. The exterior is made from a fine, black doeskin wool, with white rayon piping, and shows light, even wear and toning from age. The insignia are made of zinc, and produced by the Assmann firm, with the distinctive prongs on the edges that were used by this maker during WWII. The edges of the insignia have built up patination that perfectly matches the cap exterior. This insignia has clearly been on this cap for a very long time, and shows evidence of this. The officer chin cord and pebbled metal buttons are intact and show only light age, with no issues. The visor retains original color and luster to the black upper service, with some typical wear to the underside. The interior of this Allgemeine SS Officers Visor is lined with a fine artificial silk (rayon) material, which shows some sweat staining and evidence of daily wear. There is no sweat shield. The original, custom leather sweat band has an artificial silk runner around the circumference. The liner band has a few tears from wear in the forehead area, but is mostly intact. The condition of this cap is exceelent. There are a couple of tiny stains to the top band of piping, but no holes or damage. In our opinion this is an untouched, all-original example of a late produced Allgemeine SS officer’s cap. It makes for an extremely impressive display object.



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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