Original German WWII Military Administration Officer Visor Cap - Schirmmütze
Original Item: Only One Available. This cap is a very nice example of a German WWII Wehrmacht Militärverwaltung (Military Administration) Officer Schirmmütze visor cap. It features the typical green wool gabardine construction with a forest green band and a traditional high forward crown. The cap also has matching Dunkelgrün (Dark Green) piping along the top edge and flanking either side of the band, the Corps Color (Waffenfarbe) for the Wehrmacht Militärverwaltung (Military Administration) in general. The specific branch of the administration would be denoted by additional color piping on the uniform collar and shoulderboards. It has the correct silver bullion chin strap, indicating that it is for an officer.
It is decorated with a well detailed aluminum eagle insignia on the peak and and an open aluminum wreath surrounding a tri-color cockade on the band. The chin strap is attached with the standard silvered buttons on either side of the cap. The vulcanfibre visor has a smooth black leather-look upper, exhibiting light wear along the edge and is tan on the underside. The leather sweatband is stained and shows quite a bit of wear, as shown in the pictures. It is now stiff and has some tearing due to sweat and age. The inside of the cap is lined with cream rayon cloth, with the top sweat shield almost entirely missing. The liner does show staining as well as some tears, so it definitely saw a lot of use during the war.
Condition is good, but the visor cap definitely does show wear. Aside from the wear on the interior, the exterior does show moth damage, particularly on the top of the crown, which has multiple holes through the fabric. There is also overall light staining from age, but it still presents very well. Please consult the pictures for further condition details.
A very nice example of the classic hat worn by German Wehrmacht Administration Officers in WWII. Very impressive and ready to display!
The German Schirmmütze Visor Cap:
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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