Product Description: This Heer Artillery Officers Visor is a great example, with lovely character. It’s got a very nice and desirable saddle shape, and despite showing signs of honest daily use, remains in outstanding, excellent plus condition. The exterior of the cap is made of a finely ribbed Tricot wool fabric, in a medium field gray shade. It’s got a typical green wool cap band, and red wool piping, indicating the Artillerie (Artillery) branch. The front of the cap sports a complete set of insignia. The eagle is hand-embroidered bullion, and shows even wear, matching that of the cap. The cockade has a bullion wreath with a multi-piece metal central emblem. The insignia have been hand sewn to the cap, as is typical. The correct chin cord is present, and the visor is smooth, with nice shine. There is one small tear on the Tricot body on the back side of the cap, and a pleasant, mild patina throughout. Inside, this Heer Artillery Officers Visor is lined with tan rayon that shows light wear. The celluloid sweat diamond has fallen out, and there is no maker emblem. The leather sweatband is intact, with slight darkening and normal traces of daily wear. There is some adhesive residue in one small area on the back of the sweatband, as well as remnants of an old sticker or label under bill. Overall, this is a very nice-looking visor, and a great display object.
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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