Condition: Excellent, some light mothing
Maker: “Deutsche Wertarbeit, Sonderklasse”
Product Description: An attractive Heer Infantry NCO Visor. The visor is made of a fine feldgrau colored doeskin, with early white cotton piping, and dark green wool band. Some minor moth nips can be observed on the under edges of the visor, mostly out of sight though. A set of bright aluminum Heer insignia, consisting of the Heer Eagle and Cockade with Wreath, adorns the front of the visor. The black leather NCO chinstrap is in excellent condition with just a few small areas of crazing to the black lacquer applied over the leather. The visor itself is in near mint condition with fine crazing to the black lacquer that is only noticeable with glare. The interior of the visor is lined with a fine beige colored artificial silk. The leather sweatband is in excellent condition with the original owners initials punched into the band. A black velvet band was placed between the leather sweatband and the visors frame, a feature usually only seen on upgraded visors. Under the sweatband is marked “Geprüft 1./ J.R.56” which is the unit to which this NCO belonged to. The interior of the visor is marked with “Deutsche Wertarbeit” & “Sonderklasse” (Special Class). This is a very nice Heer Infantry NCO Visor with a great appearance that would make a great display.
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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