Heer Cavalry Officer’s Visor Cap

Condition: Excellent

Maker: EREL

SKU: JW5239 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This Heer Cavalry Officer’s Visor Cap is a very attractive piece of headgear, from a desirable and harder-to-find branch. This is a private purchase cap, from the later war period. The body of the cap is made from a Trikot wool fabric with a diagonal weave, in a nice field gray shade. The fabric shows some scattered moth tracks and a few small nips, but no major damage. The dark green cap band is intact, with strong color, and the yellow wool piping is nice and bright, with some tiny moth damage in the rear. The bullion insignia on this cap has always been there. The wreath and cockade are top quality, and the eagle shows only slight wear. The correct officer chin strap and buttons are present with no issues. The visor shows nice shine. Inside, this Heer Cavalry Officer’s Visor Cap is lined with cream colored silk-like fabric. It’s slightly misshapen from long storage. The thin leather sweatband is intact, but with creasing, tears, and a few rips. Both the sweatband and the celluloid sweatshield are marked with the EREL maker logo of the firm of Robert Lubstein, a desirable maker associated with top quality caps. This cap displays extremely well, with a very appealing look. 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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