Product Description: This Waffen SS Officer Visor Cap is an outstanding cap. It has great character, with an appealing, field worn look. This cap has a very attractive and desirable saddle form, which is partially a result of how the cap was made, and partially personalization from the officer who wore it. The exterior of this extremely desirable visor is made of high quality Tricot wool, with a fine gabardine weave. It’s a pleasant medium field gray shade. The cap band is made of black velvet, and the piping is white, as worn by officers of all branches. The front of this cap bears a complete set of original insignia. Both the skull and SS eagle are high quality, early pieces, made of CupAl, with beautiful original finish. This appears to be the original set of insignia for this cap. The officer type chin cord is intact, with nice patina, and the visor has nice original luster. The exterior of this cap shows a nice, even patina. The top of the cap has two small tears in the wool, and a few small moth holes. Inside, this Waffen SS Officer Visor Cap shows evidence of honest daily wear. It’s lined with grey rayon. The lining fabric has wear throughout, and some thin areas. The gray leather sweatband is intact, with some tears and a few small holes. The interior of this visor is completely unmarked, as is correct for an SS Kleiderkasse contract made visor. These SS visors are becoming increasingly difficult to find on the market. This one has a great daily worn look, and is in excellent condition.
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. Excellent
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