Maker: Paul Kaps, Neisse
Product Description: We are pleased to be able to offer this extremely rare Luftwaffe Crusher Cap by Paul Kaps. The body of this Luftwaffe Crusher Cap is made of a fine blue tricot wool. No metal peak stiffener was ever installed in this cap. The wool shows very little wear throughout with only a few minor moth nips to the top, which are hardly noticeable. The coarse black woven wool band is in near mint condition. A silver aluminum braid piping runs the perimeter of the cap. The front of the cap is adorned with a set of extremely fine silver bullion Luftwaffe insignia which is expertly, and originally, hand sewn in place. The visors black lacquered leather bill is in fantastic condition and is still very pliable. The interior of the cap is lined with a golden rayon lining which is hand sewn to the caps body under the sweatband. The lining shows light wear throughout. The leather sweatband is completely intact and exhibits some staining and patina from daily wear. The diamond shaped rhomboid sweat shield is maker marked for the desirable firm of Paul Kaps Neisse. Paul Kaps Neisse is known by visor collectors for making some of the best headgear during the Third Reich period. While no size stamp is present, the cap is roughly a large 60 to 61 in size. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a genuine Luftwaffe Crusher Cap 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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