Original German WWII Army Heer EM/NCO Infantry Visor Crush Cap by H. Wiemeyer - Size 58
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a fantastic condition German WWII EM/NCO Infantry Schirmmütze Visor Cap, with a lovely "Crushed" shape. This "saddle-form" shape is highly desirable, and later in the war caps were made without stiffeners, so they would have this shape from the start.
The cap shows high quality fabrication, made with typical Heer army feldgrau (Field Gray) green / gray wool with a forest green band and a traditional high front, with matching white Waffenfarbe (corps color) piping along the top edge and flanking either side of the band, indicating the branch to be Infantry.
It is decorated with a well detailed BeVo style silvered aluminum eagle insignia on the peak and and an open silver BeVo embroidered wreath surrounding a tri-color cockade on the band. The cap does not have a chin strap, and there is no indication that it was made with one. As the chin straps were not really used, they were omitted sometimes, especially on the EM/NCO versions, which did not need the bullion strap to denote officer rank. The visor / peak on this cap is black-finished single piece leather, not the "vulcanfibre" often used on cheaper examples. It is not however the pressed multipiece patent leather type seen on officer's examples.
The cap is lined with tan light satin fabric and still has the original celluloid diamond. The maker name was originally in silver paint, which has mostly worn off, but can still be read at an angle under the light:
"Stirndruckfrei" loosely translates to "Forehead Pressure Free", so it would assume to be a special design that was more comfortable to wear, protected by a German Patent. We have been able to find a few references to this maker, but no further information.
The tan leather sweatband is present, and is in great shape, with just light staining and wear. The stitching holding it in looks to be intact, and on the underside it is stamped clearly with size 58. The lining is quite nice and only has a bit of wear in places.
Overall condition simply shows light service wear. There is no major mothing or other issues to note. This is a very nice, high quality German Heer EM/NCO Infantry peak visor cap, offered for sale in very good condition with a beautiful saddle-form shape. Ready to display!
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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