Product Description: This named SS visor cap is an incredible object, a great example of one of the most iconic pieces of Third Reich regalia. It was worn by an NCO in the Allgemeine-SS. This SS visor cap is in incredible excellent plus condition. The exterior of this cap is made of a black gabardine or Trikot wool material that is free of any moth holes or tracking. It has a really beautiful saddle shape. The SS style black leather chinstrap and Vulkanfiber visor are complete and intact with no issues; the underside of the visor is “SS” marked as is correct. The second pattern SS eagle and Totenkopf insignia show wear matching the cap, as well as typical age toning. There are no additional holes for the insignia and no signs of tampering of any kind. The inside of this SS visor cap is lined with the typical artificial silk, with the expected celluloid sweat shield. The lining of the cap is marked with the runic emblem of the SS as well as the size, 55. The RZM tag has been torn out, but you can see the remnants of the tag inside the sweat band (we have included a shot of this). The visor is named “Schwarz” on a paper tag inside the sweat shield. The interior shows light wear that is a perfect match for the exterior condition. A stunning cap, loaded with eye appeal and character; 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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