N041985 NSDAP "ORDENSBURG" LEADER'S VISOR CAP. (Dienstmütze für Ordensburg Leiter)

BACKGROUND: After Hitler’s assumption of power in January 1933 he set about restructuring the German education system. Although there were numerous changes in the educational system, the most important was the creation of a three tiered system designed to train the youth elite to become the future leaders of the Greater German Reich. The three tiered system consisted of the NPEA, National Politische Erziehunganstalt (National Political Education Institutes) and the Ordensburgen (Order Castles) schools, both established in 1933, and the AHS, Adolf Hitler Schulen (Adolf Hitler Schools), established in 1937. The AHSs were administered by the Hitler Youth, while the NPEA and the Ordensburgen were under the control of the NSDAP. The AHS and NPEA accepted students in the 10 to 12 year old age group, with graduation being reached at age 18. The Ordensburgen accepted the elite of the elite, following their primary education and RAD labor Service, or service in another NSDAP organization. The Ordensburgen were situated in four medieval style schools throughout Germany at Crössinsee, Vogelsang, Sonthofen, and Marienburg. Each school accepted 1000 students, had a cadre staff of 500, and a specific curriculum. Students were to attend between one year to eighteen months at each school before graduating, but the program never reached its full term.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Very rare Ordensburg leaders visor cap in light tan wool with a subtle whipcord weave. The cap features a light brown velvet centerband and light yellow wool piping to the crown edge and both the top and bottom edges of the centerband. Double ventilation grommets under each side of the crown. The front center of the cap has a 1939 pattern, stamped alloy, fired gilted, left facing, national eagle in place. The fire gilted finish to the eagle is fully retained and still quite bright. Original political cockade. The cap has a twisted, gilt wire chincord, secured by two, small, pebbled, gilt washed, magnetic sheet metal buttons. The cap has mid-brown leather visor. The visor had separated from the cap and was re-sewn/repaired. The interior of the cap is fully lined in golden tan rayon. The crown lining retains 100% of its original clear celluloid sweat diamond. Single size stamping "57" is located under the sweat diamond. Also stamped to the top inside liner in a rectangular box are the words "Eigentum Ordensburg Vogelsang" (Ordensburg Property Stamp). The interior of cap also has a full leather sweatband in superb condition. Original RZM label. Obtained by the U.S. vet at Ordensburg Vogelsang school 1945. Rare cap & markings and in super nice condition!

GRADE ****1/2                                                         PRICE $1,489.00

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