Heer Gebirgsjäger NCO Visor

Condition: Excellent

Maker: Unmarked

SKU: JW5234 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This Heer Gebirgsjäger NCO Visor is an absolutely gorgeous example. It is an issued and worn piece, with a beautiful shape and outstanding character. The exterior of this handsome cap is made of a fairly coarse Tricot wool, in an attractive light Feldgrau shade. The cap band is a typical dark green wool badge cloth, and the piping is also wool, in the dark green shade used by Jäger and Gebirgsjäger units. The exterior has only a few small areas of minor moth tracking, and one nip to the piping, in the rear. The front of the cap boasts a very nice and complete set of early type aluminum Heer insignia, with an aluminum Edelweiss indicating issue to a Gebirgsjäger unit. The insignia is all matching in patina, and appears to be original to the cap. The EM/NCO style leather chinstrap is complete and intact. The patent leather visor shows only very minor surface crazing. Inside, this Heer Gebirgsjäger NCO Visor has a typical lining of rust-colored oilcloth. The only marking visible is the size stamp “56-1/2” in black ink. The thin leather sweatband shows some age and wear, but is all there, with no damage. The celluloid sweat shield is partially intact, with cracks and some small losses. This is a very desirable cap, from an extremely desirable branch. These are hard to find like this. The condition of this top-shelf cap 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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