Original German WWII Luftwaffe Flight Branch 58cm EM/NCO Schirmmütze Visor Cap by EREL with LBA & Unit Markings - dated 1938
Original Item: Only One available. This is a very nice service used condition Luftwaffe Flight Branch EM/NCO Schirmmütze (Visor Cap), made by the very desirable EREL company, a top class maker of headwear during the war. It still has the original crown stiffener installed, so the sides have not sunken down over the years. This NCO Schirmmütze Visor Cap is an original high quality manufactured cap. It is fabricated in Luftwaffe blue gray Fliegerblau (Flier's Blue) wool, with wide black wool cap band, plus three rows of goldgelb (Gold-Yellow) color piping for the flight branch (Waffenfarbe) around the circumference. This included Aviator troops such as pilots and ground personnel as well as Fallschirmjäger (parachute troops).
The is decorated with the correct metal insignia, including a finely-detailed zinc eagle on the peak, and an aluminum oak leaf wreath with stylized wings and central painted tri-color cockade on the band. The dual-buckled black leather chinstrap, designating the wearer to be an enlisted man, is attached to black lacquered buttons on either side. The visor is the classic gloss black color with a faux stitched edge trim, made of pressed vulcanfibre, with a green underside. There is some great fine checking and age crazing on the top of the visor, confirming the age of the piece. The visor is still solidly attached to the body of the cap.
The interior of the cap is lined with light brown "service cloth" type material, showing very little in the way of staining or wear. The top celluloid sweat shield is fully intact with great stitching, and it still shows the maker name and address clearly under the size 58:
Größte Berliner Militär Mützen Fabrik
Alt. Moabit 105
"Lieferjahr" translates to "Delivery Year", so that is when the cap was slated to be delivered to the Luftwaffe. Robert Lubstein was a very well known distributor of caps, and was particularly known for retailing EREL headgear.
The sweatband is tan leather, and in very good condition, still supple, showing only light wear and staining. It does not look to have been used much at all. On the underside of the leather, it is stamped L.B.A.B. 38, for 1938 issue by the Luftwaffebekleidungsamt, which means Air Force Clothing Office. This was only seen in the Pre-WWII and early war days. There are additional markings, indicating that the cap was used at a Luftwaffe Flight School. Definitely some fantastic research potential!
This is a very nice Luftwaffe Flight Branch EM/NCO peaked visor cap with some great markings, offered in very good service used condition. Ready to research and 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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