Original German WWII Service Used Heer Cavalry Officer Schirmmütze Visor Crush Cap

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Original Item: Only One Available. This cap is a very nice service used example of a German WWII Wehrmacht Heer Army Cavalry Officer's Schirmmütze (visor cap), with a lovely "Crushed" shape. This "saddle-form" shape is highly desirable, and accomplished by removing the crown support stiffener ring. It features the typical feldgrau (field gray) "whipcord" weave wool construction with a forest green "badge cloth" band and a traditional high forward crown. The cap also has matching Goldgelb (Golden Yellow) piping along the top edge and flanking either side of the band, the Corps Color (Waffenfarbe) for Cavalry, as well as reconnaissance and armored reconnaissance units with cavalry traditions. It has the correct silver bullion chin strap, indicating that it is for an officer.

It is decorated with a very nice silver bullion embroidered eagle insignia on the peak and and an open silvered zinc oak leaf and acorn wreath surrounding a metal tri-color cockade on the band. The red felt insert on the cockade is still present and vibrant, with just a bit of plating loss on the wreath, and the peak eagle is in great shape. 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 brown on the underside. It has a lovely pattern of checking and crazing on the upper side, confirming the age.

The cap is lined with what looks to be an olive green cotton rayon blend fabric, which is quite soft. It definitely shows staining and soiling from use. The top plastic sweat shield is partly intact, with multiple cracks and about 30% missing. Most of the stitching is intact, however the sweat shield has pulled away in areas as well. The sweatband is made from light brown leather, which is now somewhat stained, and it has unfortunately become delicate, showing numerous tears. It looks like it may have been reglued to the front side of the cap when the stitching failed.

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. There is also significant mothing damage to the badge cloth cap band, which is made of felt and unfortunately very attractive to moths.

A great well broken in example of the classic hat worn by German Cavalry 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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