Product Description: This Heer Infantry NCO Visor Cap is a very nice, untouched example, that has been well cared for. This pattern of visor cap was worn by enlisted soldiers and NCOs. The body of the cap is made from a Trikot wool with a visible diagonal weave, in a nice, medium field gray shade. The cap band is typical dark green badge cloth, and the wool piping is white, indicating the Infanterie (Infantry) branch. The front of the visor is adorned with a nice set of aluminum insignia, that does not appear to have ever been removed. The enlisted/NCO pattern chin strap is intact, and the visor shows nice shine, with no damage. The exterior of this Heer Infantry NCO Visor Cap has only a light age patina. Inside, this cap is lined with a textbook rust-colored cotton fabric. The rhomboid celluloid sweat shield is intact. The size, “56-1/2,” is stamped in black ink under the shield. The thin leather sweatband remains intact and without damage. There is one ink stamp under the sweatband, which appears to possibly be from a tailoring guild in Bayern (Bavaria). This cap is a choice piece, that displays very well. The condition rates as excellent overall.
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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