Original Imperial German WWI Prussian Silk Driver’s Visor Cap - Schirmmütze
Original Item: Only One Available. This RARE silken driver’s visor cap (Schirmmütze) of the WW1 era is a really interesting find. Caps such as these were often made in the theater or country they happened to be in at the time. They are made of all kinds of different materials and sustained different variations of the visor cap, and an increasingly few number of them exist today.
The overall condition of the silk on the cap varies from decent to almost threadbare, yet the cap maintains its overall integrity, and does not contain serious stains or perforations straight through. There are however two spots that the crosshatched lining shows through. Piping is solid throughout as is the original banding, though it has another grayish one over the top of the original band.
The front of the cap has the correct tri-color Reichskokarde attached on the crown, with the Black / White Prussian State Kokarde below it, as was correct during the German Imperial period.
The visor is in fairly unused condition and looks to be an fj stamped on the inside. It is however made of pressed paper, and has a crack clear through the side, as shown. What would serve as a sweatband seems to be made of a wax/paper composite that is almost worn through in some spots. Crown liner is complete, and a thin wire band is the only thing that gives this cap any shape.
Really neat Great War find!!
Overall length: 10”
Overall width: 9”
Weight: 3 ½ oz.
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