Original WWII German Labor Front DAF Visor Cap with "Festival" Chin Strap and RZM Label
Original Item: Only One Available. With the dissolution of all Free Trade Unions in Germany in May 1933 the Deutsche Arbeitsfront, (German Labor Front), was established to replace the unions and to educate the workers in industry and commerce for smooth and efficient operation of all labor in the Third Reich. In October 1934 the DAF was given official status as a sub-section of the NSDAP and in March 1936 it was recognized as an independent NSDAP affiliated association and granted control of its own monetary budget. With this money it was able to procure it's own signs and other insignia.
This is a very nice WWII German Labor Front DAF Schirmmütze or Visor Cap. This particular pattern is also called the Zivil-Mütze, as it was used by many of the NSDAP Civic organizations. The front crown of the cap has a very nice The design has an oval DAF badge in the center, with the organizations "Mobile Swas in a gear" emblem over oak leaves. The badge shows some wear and staining, but still retains almost all of the cloth logo. These caps did not feature a cockade on the front of the cap.
The cap shows high quality fabrication, made with dark navy blue wool, with a black band adorned with embroidered oak leaf designs. It has a traditional high front, with black piping around the crown, and a black "festival style" rope chin strap retained by lacquered buttons. The visor / peak on this looks to be thick black finished natural leather.
The cap is lined with light blue cotton / rayon, with a partly intact celluloid diamond on top. Under the diamond is a bronze powder paint DAF logo, which shows some oxidation around the edges. The sweatband is genuine leather, with forehead vents, and is in very good condition. Under neath is a partly deteriorated RZM label, which identifies the cap as a Deutsche Arbeitsfront Mütze (German Labor Front Cap).
The overall condition is very good, with just the usual light sweat staining on the interior of the cap. There is minimal age or mothing, and it displays very nicely. Ready to add to your collection!
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