Product Description: This Heer Infantry NCO Visor is an outstanding, early production, private purchase example, that has never been worn. The body of this high-quality cap is made of fine doeskin wool, with a normal dark green wool cap band. The piping is white, indicating the Infanterie (Infantry) branch. The front of the cap features a complete set of insignia. The wreath and cockade retain most of the original finish. The eagle is an early nickel silver type, and the insignia is originally applied to the cap. The patent leather chin strap is present, and the visor shows nice shine. The exterior of this cap has an even age patina throughout. The cap band has some moth nips under the folds on the reverse of the visor, and the top of the cap has very light tracking in scattered areas. Inside, this Heer Infantry NCO Visor is lined with ribbed rayon, with a partial celluloid sweat diamond remaining. The wording “Stirndrückfrei Deutsches Reichspatent” is embossed in silver, in the area where the rest of the celluloid sweat diamond would have been. This deluxe cap features a high quality vented sweatband, with black velvet cushion. The sweatband shows heavy age patina and some soiling from storage. This unworn visor still retains the rarely-seen strings attached by the tailor to protect the cap’s shape during packing and transport to its eventual wearer. This is a choice cap, that remains in excellent condition.
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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