Condition: Exc /NM
Product Description: This is really a phenomenal example of an extremely desirable Panzer Officer Visor. The condition of this cap is amazing and rates at Excellent plus, if not near mint. The body of this fine quality private purchase cap is made from an extremely fine gray-green wool with a felted, “doeskin” appearance. There is absolutely no moth damage anywhere on this pristine cap. The cap features the expected dark green cap band used by the German Army as well as three rows of wool piping, in pink for the Panzer branch. The cap retains vibrant original color as well as its original insignia, made of aluminum, with a second pattern Army eagle and a desirable vented national cockade. The insignia show only minor normal age toning. There are no additional holes for the insignia and no indication that they have ever been off this cap. The bullion cord is complete, with no issues; the Vulkanfiber visor is pristine and retains its original luster. Inside, the cap is marked twice for the “Erel” firm of Robert Lubstein- both on the celluloid sweatshield, and on the leather sweatband. The cap is marked as the deluxe “Sonderklasse Extra” model. There are some very light and small spots of age speckling on the sweatband, which truly do not detract from how lovely this cap is. The interior of this Panzer officer visor is lined with a textbook pale yellow artificial silk material. There is no damage, no staining; in fact there is no sign that this cap was ever actually worn. This is an outstanding example of a Panzer Officer visor that would be a benchmark piece for any collection.
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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