Product Description: This is a really attractive example of a Railway Official Visor. It’s a private purchase style, and would have been worn by an NCO. It’s made out of a fairly thick blue wool. There is an extremely small area of seam separation at the upper rear of the cap, but no moth tracking or other damage to the upper part. The cap band is made of a fine black velvet. This Railway Official Visor retains its original, zinc German eagle and swastika emblem, which shows some fading to the original finish. The original, winged cockade shows none of the typical breaks commonly encountered on these, and remains completely intact. The original chin strap cord and button have no issues, and the visor and sweatband stitching are nice and sound. There are a couple of moth nips to the lowest strip of red wool piping, at the rear of the cap. Inside, the original, celluloid sweatband is completely intact, with no breaks, and neatly maker stamped by “M. Drechsler, Mützenfabrik, München.” There is a small hole in the front of the lining inside. This all-original Railway Official Visor has lots of eye appeal and would be a great item for any Reichsbahn or headgear 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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