L005685 FLAK ARTILLERY EM/NCO'S WHITE TOP VISOR CAP. (Sommermütze)

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 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. Officer 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. Company and Field grade Officer’s caps were distinguished from the EM/NCO’s caps by bright silver/aluminum piping and a silver/aluminum chin cord while General Officer’s ranks utilized gold colored fittings. EM/NCO ranks visor caps utilized the appropriate waffenfarbe, (Branch of Service Color), piping and blackened leather chinstraps. The different branches of service within the Luftwaffe were allocated a particular identifying waffenfarbe, (Branch of Service Color), with bright red being chosen for Flugzeugabwehrartillerie, (Anti-Aircraft Artillery), personnel. In April 1935 a white topped visor cap was introduced and was permitted for optional wear by all ranks between April 1ST and October 1ST annually.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice quality, private purchase, 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 red wool waffenfarbe piping to both the top and bottom edges of the centerband. The front center of the cap has a stamped zinc Luftwaffe eagle and the front center of the centerband has a stamped aluminum, winged wreath with a painted national tri-color cockade. The cap has a black, patent leather chinstrap with two, black painted, vertically rectangular, sheet metal, retaining clips and two, black painted, vertically oval, sheet metal, sliding, length adjustment buckles. The chinstrap is secured to the cap by two, smooth, black painted, sheet metal buttons. The cap has an extended, forward, black lacquered, vulcanfibre visor with stitched on simulated leather trim to the forward edge. The interior of the cap is fully lined with white rayon. Wide white ersatz sweatband is mostly there, but has quite a few tears. Sweat diamond is complete and has a nice Dresden makers label. Roughly a size 58. Nice worn and used example showing the expected age and wear.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $

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