Product Description: This Heer Infantry Officer’s Visor Cap is a high-quality example, with extremely appealing character. The body of this cap is constructed from a fine doeskin wool, in a pleasant, light field gray shade. It shows moderate wear, and slight age. There is no apparent moth damage, though there is a small slice to the top panel, that extends into the interior. The dark green wool cap band and the white wool piping are intact, with slight, normal toning to the piping. The insignia affixed to the front of this cap are beautiful, with excellent original luster to the eye-catching original silver finish on the eagle and wreath. The correct officer type chin cord and buttons show no issues. The patent leather visor shows only very minimal age crazing to the surface, and the underside has a nice thumbprint showing where the original owner handled it when putting it on and taking it off many times. Inside, this Heer Infantry Officer’s Visor has a typical rayon lining. The leather sweatband is complete, with mild, honest wear. The thin celluloid sweatshield is all there, and is marked with the EREL mark indicating manufacture by the desirable maker Robert Lubstein. This cap has a beautiful shape. The condition 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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