Condition: Very Good
Branch: Heer Infantry
Product Description: This Heer Infantry Officer Visor is a very attractive, worn example, loaded with character and charm. The exterior is constructed of a Feldgrau-colored gabardine fabric, with distinct diagonal “ribs.” The cap band is made from the typical dark green badge cloth, with white wool piping indicating the Infanterie branch. The front of the cap features what looks to be the original insignia setup, with great detail to the aluminum eagle and wreath, and a zinc cockade. The braided wire officer chin cord is intact, with no issues. The patent leather visor retains lots of original luster, and the cap overall has a really beautiful and desirable saddle shape. The exterior shows slight wear and also has a few small moth nips to the white piping and the exterior wool along the side, with one larger moth nip on the top of the cap. There are some minor stains in a couple of spots also. The inside of this Heer Infantry Officer Visor is lined with beautiful golden rayon and shows honest wear, matching the interior. The celluloid sweat shield is complete and intact, as is the leather sweatband, though this shows some normal wear to the lower edge and the forehead area. The velvet edge around the bottom edge of the cap shows some mothing, with some losses in the back near where the sweat band is joined together. On the whole, this Heer Infantry Officer Visor remains in very good condition, and has a great look.
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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