Product Description: This SS Visor Cap Allgemeine NCO is a very nice example of this iconic and extremely desirable piece of headgear. The exterior of the cap is made of a black wool Trikot fabric, with a diagonal weave. There is no fading. The white piping is made of wool, with no damage. The eagle and Totenkopf emblems are missing, with tiny holes visible where they were once affixed. The cap retains its handsome original “Sattelform” saddle shape. There is one small moth hole to the rear of the cap. The leather SS style chin strap is complete, and the visor shows nice luster, with minimal age crazing. Inside, this SS Visor Cap Allgemeine NCO is all intact, and well marked. The correct SS RZM stamp is present on the tan underside of the visor. The sweatband is complete and very well-preserved, showing little or no wear. Beneath the sweatband is a correct oilcloth SS RZM tag, with the designation “Tuchmütze für SS” (Wool cap for SS) and the maker code “81.” The celluloid sweat diamond is present, with no issues, and the liner beneath the diamond is marked with large SS runes in a circle as well as the size “57.” The sweat shield retains a small piece of paper with the name of the original owner, “Heinz Lehmann.” This is an impressive piece, with a great look. The condition rates as excellent 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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