Early Infantry NCO Visor

Condition: Excellent

Maker: Unmarked

Pattern: First Pattern

SKU: JW3535 Category: Tags , ,


Product Description: This Early Infantry NCO Visor is a desirable and scarce piece. The exterior is made of a fine, field gray wool, with white wool piping indicating the Infantry branch. The cap band is the early, pale green “Resedagrün” color, from before the switch to dark green around 1936. The insignia on this cap are the desirable first pattern, with a short-winged Heer eagle and swastika, and a cockade with narrow leaves to the wreath. The original silvering of the insignia has taken on a rich, attractive age patina. The chinstrap and visor are patent leather, with typical age toning and crazing to the original glossy finish. The interior of this early Infantry NCO Visor is nice and clean, with only light age wear to the complete leather sweat band. The celluloid sweat shield is intact and undamaged, and has no manufacturer marking. This cap has a great look, with a pleasant, even patina throughout. It’s a rare survivor from the earliest days of the Wehrmacht. The condition is excellent.


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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