WWII German Visor Cap Initials


Condition: Exc /NM

SKU: JW2396 Category: Tags:

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Product Description: German Visor Cap Initials used to identify the wearers visor by installing these devices, usually on the sweatband of the visor. The initials are made of a stamped aluminum with black paint being used to outline the letter of the device. These were a recent find in Germany, they came from a closed down tailors shop in Frankfurt.

  • We have just about every letter in the alphabet available. The quantity of each letter varies, so availability of each letter will vary as well. A limited quantity of prefix devices such as “Dr.”, etc, are also available. The prefix “Sch” is sold out!
  • The listed price is for a set of letters, containing (2) letter devices.
  • When Ordering; please specify in the notes section which letters you prefer.
  • To inquire on letter availability, or for orders of more than one set, feel free to email us directly at info@epicartifacts.com.


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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