Product Description: This Heer NCO Artillery Visor Cap is a fine example of a top-quality, private purchase cap worn by a style-conscious NCO. The exterior of this handsome cap is constructed from a fine doeskin wool, in an appealing, light field gray shade. The cap band is made from a bottle green wool that retains perfect original color. The exterior shows a few small areas of moth tracking and a few small holes, nothing particularly distracting. The front of the cap features early type aluminum Heer insignia, which retain nice luster and show no wear. The red piping, for the Artillerie branch, is eye-catching and bright, with some minor moth damage in the rear at the bottom. The leather chin strap is of the type worn by enlisted men and NCOs, and is intact, with no issues. The patent leather visor shows only light, normal surface crazing. Inside, this Heer NCO Artillery Visor Cap is lined with a silk-like fabric that shows light, honest wear and mild patina throughout. The thin leather sweatband shows some wear and age toning, but is completely intact. The celluloid diamond sweatshield is mostly intact, with damage to one corner, and bears an “Erstklassig” maker mark with a nice eagle graphic. This cap is slightly out of shape, from how it was stored over time, but this is easily corrected. It’s a very attractive cap, that is 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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