Product Description: This Luftwaffe Flight Visor is a great example of the standard issue service cap, as issued before WWII to all enlisted men and NCOs (and as worn until 1945). The exterior of this cap is made of a typical Luftwaffe blue wool fabric, which shows some light fading. There does not appear to be any moth damage to note. The enlisted/NCO style patent leather chin strap is intact, with some typical finish crazing from age. The visor retains its full original surface and shine. The insignia on this cap are typical, top-quality prewar examples, made of aluminum. The flying Luftwaffe eagle and national colors cockade both retain excellent detail, with only light wear. The piping on this cap is yellow, as used by flight units as well as Fallschirmjäger. Inside, this attractive Luftwaffe Flight Visor retains its original lining, made of a thin, rust-colored fabric. The leather sweatband is completely intact, and shows only light wear. The celluloid sweatshied is absent, and the stamped manufacturer markings in the lining are not legible, though a 1939 date can be made out. It’s also stamped with the size, 58-1/2. This visor is a great, representative example, that displays very well. It’s 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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