Original German WWII Service Worn Army Heer Artillery Officer's Schirmmütze Visor Crush Cap with Embroidered Bullion Insignia

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a great "salty" service worn example of a German WWII Wehrmacht Heer Army Officer Schirmmütze visor cap, and it really looks the business. It has a lovely and highly desirable "Crushed" or "saddle-form" shape, accomplished by removing the crown support stiffener ring, which allows the crown to sag over time. It features the typical felgrau (field gray) green wool gabardine construction with a forest green "badge cloth" band and a traditional high forward crown. The also has matching Hochrot (Deep Red) piping along the top edge and flanking either side of the band, the Corps Color (Waffenfarbe) for Artillery, as well as General Level Officers.

It is decorated with a well detailed embroidered silver bullion eagle insignia on the peak and and an open embroidered silver bullion wreath surrounding a metal tri-color cockade on the band. The felt inert on the metal cockade is still present, though it has faded to a slightly orange color. The high end embroidered insignia indicate officer issue, and the cap almost certainly originally had a bullion chin strap, though over time it was either removed or fell off.

The vulcanfibre visor on this cap has the usual black upper with a green underside, however it is cracked in one spot and shows significant wear. The interior sweatband is grey finished leather, still stitched in place, though it may have been restitched at some point during the war. It shows a lot of wear, and the rest of the interior indicates that this was a cap that was used almost to the point of destruction. Almost all of the interior linking has been removed, except for some remains in the front top of the cap. It may have been used in a hot area, or the interior may have simply degraded to the point that removal was necessary. The fiber band that supports the sides is fully visible, as are other interior aspects of the caps construction.

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. We have rarely seen visor caps with this level of wear that are still holding together, but this example does, a testament to the high level of fabrication. The size seems to be about a 56cm / US 7.

A wonderful well-worn example of a classic hat worn by German Army Artillery 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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