Product Description: This first pattern NSDAP Ortsgruppenleiter Visor is a rare cap, loaded with eye appeal. It’s got an even, light patina. This is an early, first pattern political leader cap, without the gold wreath around the cockade that is found on the more commonly encountered, later examples. The exterior of this attractive hat is made of a light brown fabric with a visible weave. The cap band is brown velvet, and the textbook wool piping is blue, designating Ortsgruppe (local group) leadership. The political cap eagle has most of the original silvering, with normal age toning. The political type cockade has perfect enamel, and the silver officer’s chin cord and brown artificial leather visor are sound, with no issues. Inside, this first pattern NSDAP Ortsgruppenleiter shows signs of honest wear. The diamond-shaped celluloid sweatshield is partially intact.The lining is made of a typical, thin, brown fabric. The leather sweatband shows normal wear and age. There is a typical RZM label inside. This desirable early cap has a great, untouched look. It 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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