Original German WWII Military Medical Service Officer Schirmmütze Visor Crush Cap by Erwin Feudemann - Size 59

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This cap is great service worn example of a German WWII Wehrmacht Sanitätstruppe (Military Medical Service) Officer Schirmmütze visor "crush" cap, with a fantastic saddle form shape. Made with flexible leather visors and no crown reinforcement, these were quite flexible, and easily took on the iconic shape. 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 hand 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 black patent leather visor is still in good shape and supple, though over time the black finish has checked and degraded, so it now has a fantastic pattern of cracks in the finish. The light brown leather sweatband is in very good condition, and shows that it saw quite a bit of use during the war.

The cap is lined with cream rayon faux silk, much of which is now more of a brown color due to sweat and oil staining, as well as age. The Top celluloid sweat shield diamond is still mostly intact, showing the original color well. It does have some cracking, but has protected the maker information, which is fully legible:

Erwin Freudemann
Berlin = Kleinmachnow

The name indicates that they deal in "Weapon Equipment", or military outfitting. There is a 59 size label in the name tag slot of the sweat shield, which looks to be quite old.

The overall condition is very good, especially considering the amount of service that this cap must have seen. The bottom around most of the cap has actually worn through the fabric to the internal fiber material that stiffens the band. The bullion insignia also show some degradation due to wear and oxidation, typical for a cap that has seen this level of service.

A great well broken in 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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