Black SS Allgemeine Visor

Condition: Excellent

SKU: JW3625 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This black SS Allgemeine Visor is an appealing example of an extremely desirable headgear style. This is an issue type cap, with a very lovely shape. The exterior is constructed from a fine Trikot wool, with a diagonal weave. There is a typical age patina, with some inset dust, as well as moderate traces of moth damage. The white piping shows normal age toning. The skull emblem is missing, but a correct early political type eagle is present. The eagle shows only slight age and wear. The chin strap and buttons were removed. The patent leather visor shows nice shine, and is stamped on the underside with the correct SS RZM emblem, in black ink. Inside, this SS Allgemeine Visor shows the typical thin rust-colored lining used in these issue caps. The thin celluloid sweat shield is mostly intact, with some typical losses, and covers a large SS runic emblem in gold leaf. The cap is size marked “55 1/2.” There are a couple of areas in the lining that are inked out, likely the name and SS number of the original owner. The RZM tag is also missing. The leather sweatband is complete, and shows some age and moderate wear from use. This cap displays great, and remains in excellent condition.



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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