Branch: Heer Infantry
Product Description: This Heer Infantry Officer Visor is really clean and has lots of visual appeal. The exterior is made of a typical Feldgrau-colored wool fabric, with a dark green wool band, and white piping for the Infantry branch. There are just a couple of pinhead sized areas that might be moth grazing, but no holes or serious damage anywhere. The visor is still glossy, with some typical minor age crazing to the patent leather surface. This Heer Infantry officer visor is complete with its fine, original chin cord as well as a very nice aluminum eagle, wreath and cockade, all original to the cap. One of the prongs has pulled loose from its crimp on the back of the wreath, this is not uncommon to see. The insignia show great detail and have only extremely minor age toning. The interior of this Heer Infantry officer visor shows only minor wear, mostly to the fine velvet inner band at the lower sweat band edge, that made contact with the wearer’s head. The sweatband itself is complete and intact, as is the celluloid sweat shield, which is marked with the name of “Hans Jürgensen, Augsburg”- presumably a distributor- as well as “Stirndrückfrei, Deutsches Reichspatent” indicating this cap used the patented Stirdrückfrei system to relieve pressure on the forehead. There is a paper name label under the sweat shield, indicating the original owner of this cap was Leutnant Kock, Stab E./I.R. 26 (2nd Lieutenant Kock, in the headquarters of the replacement Company of Infantry Regiment 26). The overall condition of the cap is excellent. It’s a great, named example of this iconic piece of German Army officer headgear.
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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