Heer EM/NCO Visor

Condition: Excellent

Maker: Marked on sweatband

SKU: JW4666 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This Heer EM/NCO Visor is a nice example of an issue-type cap. The exterior is made of a field gray Trikot wool fabric, with a distinct diagonal weave, and a dark green badge cloth band. The wool piping is white, indicating the Infanterie branch. The front of the cap features a German Army eagle and swastika emblem, as well as a national colors cockade with separate wreath. The eagle and wreath are aluminum, and are very clean, showing no wear. The cockade is a multi-piece version with wool center. The insignia are correct, and there are no additional holes inside; this insignia has been on this cap since it was issued. The exterior of the cap has minor moth damage, with a couple of very small holes on the top, and one slightly larger hole on the rear. The chin strap is complete and tight, and the visor shows typical age crazing. Inside, this Heer EM/NCO Visor has a typical rust-colored liner. It shows wear from use. The celluloid sweat shield is partially intact, and is size marked “56.” The sweatband is maker marked, and is fragile, with tears and losses. This cap displays very nicely. The 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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