Product Description: This DAF Visor Cap is a nice, complete example. This pattern of headgear was part of the uniform for members of the German national trade organization, during the Third Reich. The exterior is made from an attractive blue wool with a fine nap. The cap band has a beautiful, woven brocade appearance as was standard on these. The patent leather chin cord and visor are intact and complete. The chin cord has minor crazing from age, and the visor is unstitched from the cap at one corner. The front of this cap features a really nice example of the DAF cap emblem. The metal frame is free of corrosion and retains virtually all of the original finish, and the Bevo woven DAF emblem is perfect. There is some minor moth grazing to the blue wool in a few spots on the top of the cap. Inside, this DAF Visor Cap is lined with a blue ribbed rayon fabric. The original celluloid sewatshield with the large DAF gear and swastika logo is still present, though it has come free from some of the stitching that affixed it in the rear. The leather sweatband is complete, and shows light wear. Under the sweatband, there is a great, early RZM tag, identifying this as a “Deutsche Arbeitsfront Mütze,” with both the round RZM logo and the DAF emblem. The tag indicates this was made by the manufacturer assigned the number “1.” This cap has a lot of eye appeal and is a solid piece, 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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