Product Description: This is one great looking Heer Infantry Crusher Cap! With just the right amount of wear, this cap no doubt saw use but was not abused. The cap is made of a doeskin wool which has lost most of its nap giving it a slightly coarser appearance. A small hand repair can be observed on the top of the cap. Early white wool piping runs the perimeter of the caps crown and bands. A hand sewn green backed flatware Heer Eagle is neatly, and originally, hand sewn to the front of the cap. The lighter green backed flatwire cockade and wreath is neatly, and originally, machine stitched to the green band below the eagle. The visor itself is made of leather which is still very pliable and exhibits light crazing. The leather sweatband is in excellent condition with an upgraded deluxe black velvet lining between the leather and the caps body. The cap is lined with a ribbed artificial silk that shows dirt and sweat staining from daily wear. A very faint maker label can be seen but not easily read. Under the sweatband is a period original German newspaper which is dated for the year 1941. A wonderful looking Heer Infantry Crusher Cap that will sure to make a nice addition to your collection.
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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