L003289 OFFICER'S WHITE TOP SUMMER VISOR CAP. (Schirmmütze für Sommer)

BACKGROUND: Visor caps were a standard item for all military personnel during the Third Reich period and regulations dictated the form of dress they were to be worn with based on the individuals rank. On its inception on February 26TH 1935, the Luftwaffe adopted most of the uniform items of the earlier DLV, Deutscher Luftsport Verband, (German Air Sports League), its clandestine, civilian forerunner, including the visor cap. In March 1935 the earlier, "Tellerform", saucer shaped, caps were replaced with a new a "Sattelform" cap with a higher front peak and an oval shaped top. The insignia utilized on the visor caps consisted of the Luftwaffe style national eagle as introduced for wear by Fliegerschaft, (Pilot Base), personnel of the DLV on August 18TH 1934 and was officially adopted for wear by all Luftwaffe personnel on March 1ST 1935 along with a new winged wreath and national tri-color cockade. The visor caps for Company and Field grade Officer’s holding the ranks of Leutnant up to Oberst were distinguished from EM/NCO’s caps by bright silver/aluminum piping and a silver/aluminum chin cord while Officers holding Generals ranks of Generalmajor up to Reichsmarschall utilized gold colored fittings. EM/NCO ranks visor caps utilized the appropriate waffenfarbe, (Branch of Service Color), piping and blackened leather chinstraps. Officers and certain senior NCO ranks were responsible for purchasing their own caps and as a result were allotted a clothing allowance through the Luftwaffe’s Verkaufsabteilung, (Air-Force Sales Department), system. The Officers and certain senior NCO’s could choose to purchase their caps from the armed forces clothing depots or to privately purchase visor caps of higher quality. Although enlisted personnel were issued their caps from government supplies they were also permitted to purchase privately tailored caps although the price may have been restrictive. In April 1935 a white topped visor cap was introduced and was permitted for wear by all ranks as an optional item between April 1ST and October 1ST annually. The cap was most commonly produced with a removable top although fixed top caps were also produced contrary to regulations. Originally the removable white tops were produced in a ribbed white cotton drill until regulations of June 1937 altered the top to a white cotton/synthetic material blend with a repeating waffle pattern although both styles were worn through-out the war.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice quality, private purchase, Officers white top visor cap consists of a removable, white, cotton/rayon blend, waffle, (pique), patterned top with white cotton/rayon blend piping to the forward edge of the crown. The removable top fits securely to the formed body of the cap. The cap features a black, horizontally ribbed, mohair centerband, and bright, interwoven, silver/aluminum braid piping to both the top and bottom edges of the centerband. The front center of the cap has a hand embroidered, Luftwaffe eagle, clutching a canted, swastika in it’s talons, in bright silver/aluminum wire and bullion threads with pale grey accent threads on a cut-out, white wool base. The removable eagle is secured to the cap by three prongs that are inserted through three stitched eyelets. The front center of the centerband has a hand embroidered, winged, oak-leaf wreath in silver/aluminum wire threads with tan accent threads, encompassing a national tri-color. The national tri-color cockade is constructed of black and silver/aluminum wire threads with a red central dot. The winged wreath and cockade are mounted on a cut-out black wool base which is neatly handstitched in place. The cap has an interwoven, twisted silver/aluminum braid chin cord which is secured to the cap by two, small, silver washed, pebbled, alloy buttons. The cap has a black lacquered vulcanfibre visor with a machine stitched, simulated leather lip to the forward edge. The interior of the cap has a nice complete wide leather sweatband.  Excellent original liner and full celluloid sweat diamond with makers details. Roughly a size 56/57. The cap is in overall good condition with light to moderate age and usage toning to the white top as to be expected. Nice untouched white top!

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $2,085.00

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