NSDAP Kreisleiter Visor

Condition: Excellent

Pattern: Kreisleiter


SKU: JW3537 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This NSDAP Kreisleiter Visor is very attractive, with a great saddle shape. The exterior is really nice. The cap is made of a fine brown gabardine wool, with a darker brown cap band. There is no staining or insect damage.  The insignia have great original gold finish, with lots of original luster, and perfect enamel on the political cockade. The white wool piping indicates Kreis (District) level. The gold officer chin cord and buttons, and brown artificial leather visor, show only normal, light age, and no damage. The interior of this NSDAP Kreisleiter visor is still packed with tissue paper, suggesting it may never have been worn. The original celluloid sweat shield is intact, with a paper tag marked with the size “58.” A typical RZM label is also present.  The leather sweatband on the interior is complete, but fragile, with some tearing as well as some separation at the seam in the rear. This cap displays extremely well and is a really nice example, in excellent condition overall.



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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