Product Description: A beautiful Artillery Officer Visor Cap in excellent plus condition. The cap remains in an extremely well preserved state, and displays in the same manner as it did during the war.
The upper portion of this Artillery Officer Visor Cap is made of a fine grey doeskin wool, with a localized area of light soiling on the caps crown near the front peak. The cap is trimmed in a red piping, otherwise known as “Waffenfarbe”, and is in excellent condition. “Waffenfarbe” is the manner in which the German Army identified the various branches within by using a color system. The color red being used for Artillery. The center band running the perimeter of the cap is made of a fine green wool, is in excellent condition, with no major damage noted. The insignia consists of a hand embroidered bullion Heer eagle with hand embroidered bullion wreath and metal cockade. The insignia is hand sewn to the visor, and appears in everyday to be originally applied. The silver aluminum wire chin cord is firmly intact utilizing two silvered pebbled braid buttons. The interior of the visor is lined with a fine rayon lining. The rayon lining is in excellent condition with no major soiling, and gives the impression this cap was worn very little. The fine leather sweatband is securely, and originally, sewn to the caps interior. The sweatband has a few scattered light marks, and very little soiling, again, implying this cap may have been won very little, if at all. As is usually the case with visors of this age, the original brow padding found under the sweatband has dried over time and fallen out, leaving behind the remnants of the animal glue adhesive used to secure it in place. An undamaged rhomboid shaped celluloid sweat shield is originally sewn to the interior lining. This is an excellent example of a Late War Artillery Officer Visor Cap.
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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