Product Description: This Luftwaffe Signals NCO Visor is an extremely fine example. The exterior of the cap is made of a typical blue Tricot wool fabric body, with a woven ribbed black wool center band. The brown wool piping indicates this was intended for wear by a member of a Nachrichten (Signals) unit. The front of this cap bears a complete set of insignia, with a nice early aluminum first pattern Luftwaffe eagle and cockade. This insignia is originally affixed to the cap, and shows only light wear, with no damage. The leather chin strap is present, and the visor is complete, with a bit of typical age crazing. The exterior of the cap is free of holes or damage, and shows only a few areas of light staining on the top of the cap from storage (apparently the collector had a leak in his basement at one time). Inside, this handsome Luftwaffe Signals NCO Visor has a fine ribbed rayon lining. The rhomboid celluloid sweat shield is completely intact, and bears the maker name “Paul Freund.” The thin sweatband is also complete and sound, with only light wear. The metal initials of the original wearer, “W.H.,” are affixed to the sweatband. This is a very nice visor, in untouched condition, that makes for an impressive display. The condition rates as excellent plus 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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