Product Description: This Heer Officer Visor Cap is a lovely untouched original piece. We purchase this item directly from the grandchildren of the veteran who brought it home with him after WWII. The exterior of the cap is made of a beautiful, deluxe doeskin wool, with just a couple of spots of light surface dirt, and no holes or moth damage. The wool is a very appealing light gray/green shade. The piping is white, for the Infanterie (Infantry) branch. The body of this cap has a very nice, desirable “saddle” shape. The front of the cap has a complete set of insignia. The early type aluminum eagle shows fantastic detail. The metal cocakde is surrounded by a deluxe hand-embroidered wire bullion wreath. The officer pattern chin cord is intact, and the visor still shows appealing shine. Aluminum eagle and bullion wreath and chin strap. Inside, this cap shows wear from honest use, particularly to the sweatband, which has one very small tear in the forehead area. The sweatband is embossed with the “CW” logo of Clemens Wagner of Braunschweig, a very well-regarded manufacturer of hats. Below this, ghe sweatband is embossed with “Wirklich Stirn-u. Schläfendruckfrei,” indicating that the design is “Forehead and Temple Pressure Free.” The celluloid sweat shield is mostly iuntact. The cap is marked under the sweatshield with “Karl Schlitt, Marburg – Lahn, Wörthstr. 4,” presumably the distributor that sold this cap. This Heer Officer Visor Cap has great character and exceptional visual appeal. The condition rates as excellent plus.
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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