Product Description: This German Heer Artillery Visor is a really nice piece. It’s a textbook visor cap for a German Army artillery officer. It’s a private purchase style, as all of these officer caps were. The body of the cap is made of a very high quality feldgray (field gray) wool that is entirely free of any mothing or other damage. The center band is made of a fine dark green wool badge cloth which also shows zero damage. The front of the cap is adorned with a full set of insignia, with the eagle and cockade both being correct early aluminum examples with crisp detail. The red piping is made of wool and denotes the Artillerie branch. The braided officer chin cord is complete, with attractive, light age toning to the surface. The patent leather visor shows great shine and only small, scattered marks. Inside, this German Heer Artillery Visor is lined with a high quality rayon. The sweat shield is intact, with an ornate embossed “Deutsche Wertarbeit” emblem. The leather sweatband is lined with higher quality dark blue felt as is seen on custom tailored visors. This cap does show some light, honest wear, with one small tear to the sweatband in the forehead area, but no other damage. This visor displays very well and is a great example of this type. The overall condition rates as 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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