Original German WWII Military Medical Service Officer Schirmmütze Visor Cap by EREL - Double Marked
Original Item: Only One Available. This cap is a an excellent example of a German WWII Wehrmacht Sanitätstruppe (Military Medical Service) Officer Schirmmütze visor cap, made by the very desirable EREL company. It features the typical green wool gabardine construction with a forest green band and a traditional high forward crown. The cap also has matching Medizinisch-blau (Dark Medical Blue) piping along the top edge and flanking either side of the band, the Corps Color (Waffenfarbe) for the Wehrmacht Sanitätstruppe (Medical Service). It has the correct silver bullion chin strap, indicating that it is for an officer.
It is decorated with a high end hand embroidered silver bullion eagle insignia on the peak and and an open silver bullion embroidered wreath surrounding a metal 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 gray leather sweatband is in excellent condition, with little sign of use. Size is approximately US 7 1/8 (57cm).
The cap is lined with yellow rayon and shows a full-celluloid diamond over the Erel trademark logo in silver:
The cap also has an embossed stamp over the left ear on the sweatband: EREL PATENT / STIRNSCHUTZ, which refers to the "Forehead Protection" of the sweatband design. Size of this cap is approximately 56cm.
Condition of the cap is excellent, and looks to be virtually unissued. There is no moth damage we can see, and all of the colors are still vibrant. There is just a bit of light wear in areas.
A fantastic example of the classic hat worn by German Wehrmacht Medical 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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