Original German WWII Service Used Army Heer Infantry EM/NCO Schirmmütze Visor Cap - dated 1940
Original Item: Only One Available. This cap is a very nice service used example of a German WWII Wehrmacht Heer Army EM / NCO Schirmmütze (visor cap). It features the typical felgrau (field gray) "whipcord" weave wool gabardine construction with a forest green "badge cloth" band and a traditional high forward crown. The cap also has matching Weiß (white) piping along the top edge and flanking either side of the band. This is the Waffenfarbe (Corps Color) for Infanterie (Infantry) and Motorisiert Infanterie (Motorized Infantry). The crown stiffener is still present, so the original shape is well retained.
It is decorated with a very nice stamped zinc eagle insignia on the peak and and an open stamped aluminum wreath surrounding a metal tri-color cockade on the band. The red insert on the cockade is still present but faded, and there is definitely some loss of silvering on the peak eagle. The cap has the correct black patent leather EM/NCO chin strap with double buckles. The vulcanfibre visor has a smooth black leather-look upper, exhibiting light wear along the edge and is brown on the underside.
The cap is lined with light brown "service cloth" type fabric, commonly seen on the EM/NCO caps. It is still in very good condition, though it does show staining, and the celluloid sweat shield diamond on the crown is completely gone, though the stitching remains. The sweatband is made from light brown leather, however it is now deteriorated and delicate, with tears and about 25% missing. We did see a 1940 date underneath, as well as an issue stamp. We can also see some glue and re-stitching on the visor, so it was repaired at one point. We cannot tell if this was during the war or afterwards.
The cap definitely saw a lot of service during the war, which has given at a great "salty" service used look, which is simply impossible to duplicate. This is a cap that was "really there", and it has the staining and wear to show it. The size seems to be about a 57cm or US 7 1/8.
A great "salty" example of the classic hat worn by German Army Infantry NCOs in WWII. 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, issued 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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