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WWII Nazi German Kreisleitung Level NSDAP Political Leader's Visor Cap Dienstmütze
Item #: VF4444

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A 1939 pattern tan-colored, whipcord-weave, wool/rayon construction visor cap. The cap features a one-piece circular crown, piped in white, a body with seams to each of its cardinal points, a one-piece brown velvet center band, also piped in white along its upper and lower edges and whose vertical seam is to the reverse, and a chocolate brown vulcanfibre visor. The white piping indicates the political "Kreisleitung" (District-leader) level after 1938 (black piping having been used previously). The interior crown wire and front vertical stiffeners are intact, giving the cap a "saddle form" shape with a high central peak. The interior crown wire and front vertical stiffeners are intact, giving the cap a nice "saddle form" shape with a high central peak. Fixed over the forward seam line of the body is a slightly convex, 1939 pattern, gilt-colored, stamped alloy eagle which clutches a wreathed, mobile swastika in its talons. Beneath it, affixed to the front and following the contours of the center band, is a 1939 pattern, gold anodized, stamped alloy oak-leaf wreath, encompassing a three-piece cockade. The wreath is comprised of eight oak leaves, each pebbled to resemble embroidery, four to either side of a simulated binding "cord" with four raised "beads" arranged vertically to its center. Alloy wreaths were worn by those holding the rank of "Hauptgemeinschaftsleiter" and below. To the interior of the cap is a tan-colored leatherette sweatband. Cap is fully lined in a high quality, orange colored rayon. Cap also has a RZM label underneath the sweatband and is a size 57.
Uniform and headgear regulations for Nazi political leaders were addressed as early as 1920, with the standard headgear at that time being a Kepi-style cap. The political uniform and headgear regulations subsequently underwent numerous modifications, and in January of 1934 a visor cap, based on the army style, was introduced for wear. This 1934 visor cap also underwent modifications until a final pattern was introduced in July of 1939. The NSDAP was structured in four ascending levels of government, consisting of the "Ortsgruppe," the "Kreisleitung," the "Gauleitung," and the "Reichsleitung," with each group being distinguished by a specific color of piping on the collar tabs and visor cap.
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WWII Nazi German Wehrmacht Officer's Grade EM/NCO Artillery Visor Cap Schirmmütze
Item #: VF4443

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Beautiful quality, private purchase, visor cap with a field-gray doeskin wool construction body and crown and a dark green wool centerband with red wool waffenfarbe piping to the crown edge and the top and bottom edges of the centerband. Nice quality wreath and metal national eagle all original to the cap. The cap has a , black lacquered chinstrap intact, secured in place by two, black, metal buttons. The cap has an extended, forward, black lacquered, vulcanfibre visor with a subtly raised lip near the forward edge. The interior of the cap is fully lined in orange rayon. Nice complete sweat shield with makers logo and "Deutsche Wertarbeit" . The interior of the cap also has a wide leatherette sweatband which is complete and in nice condition. The cap is roughly size 55 to 56.
Visor caps were a standard item for all armed forces personnel during the Third Reich period and regulations dictated the form of dress they were to be worn with based on the individuals rank. Originally the insignia worn on the visor caps consisted of the Weimar Reichswehr pattern oak-leaf wreath and cockade and a blackened leather chinstrap for all ranks. In February 1927 new chin cords for Officer ranks were introduced with silver cords for the ranks of Leutnant to Oberst and gilt cords for the ranks of Generalmajor to Generalfeldmarschall. On March 14TH 1933 the Reichswehr’s oval black, red and gold cockade was replaced with a circular cockade in black, white, and red and on February 17TH 1934 the Third Reich pattern national eagle for the army was officially introduced for wear on the visor cap. In March 1935 a new, more detailed, pattern wreath and cockade and a second, larger pattern national eagle were also introduced for wear and in late 1935 regulations altered the Reichswehr era field-grey colored centerband to a dark blue/green coloration which was utilized until the end of the war. Further regulations of February 26TH 1936 also permitted senior NCO’s who were Officer Candidates to wear the Officers twisted silver/aluminum chin cord on their visor caps as opposed to the standard EM/NCO’s leather chinstrap. The different branches of service within the army were allocated a specific, identifying, waffenfarbe, (Branch of Service Color), with red being chosen for artillery, personnel which was displayed as piping on the visor cap for EM/NCO’s and Company and Field grade officers. Officers and certain senior NCO ranks were responsible for purchasing their own caps and as a result were allotted a clothing allowance through the army’s Kleiderkasse, (Clothing Account), 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.
Shipping Weight: 2.5 lbs
Your Price $625.00 USD

WWII Nazi German Wehrmacht Combat Engineer Officer's VISOR Cap Size 56 By Schellenberg Schirmmütze
Item #: VF4440

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Beautiful quality, private purchase, field-gray wool construction visor cap features a blue/green badge cloth centerband and black wool waffenfarbe piping to the crown edge and both the top and bottom edges of the centerband. The front center of the cap features a hand  embroidered national eagle and the front center of the centerband has a nice quality, hand embroidered, oak-leaf wreath in bright silver/aluminum wire threads encompassing a highly vaunted three piece national tri-color cockade consisting of a fluted black alloy base, a natural aluminum roundel and an inserted red felt centerpiece all mounted on a cut-out blue/green badge cloth base. The cap has a twisted silver/aluminum chin cord which was secured in place by two, small, silver washed, pebbled, alloy buttons. The cap has an extended, forward, black lacquered, vulcanfibre visor with a subtly raised lip near the forward edge. The interior of the cap is fully lined in golden rayon. The interior crown lining has a clear celluloid sweat rhomboid fully intact and is maker marked Schellenberg Sonderklasse. Cap is a size 56 and is super nice!
Visor caps were a standard item for all personnel during the Third Reich period and regulations dictated the form of dress they were to be worn with based on the individuals rank. Officer and certain senior NCO ranks were responsible for purchasing their own caps and as a result were allotted a clothing allowance through the army’s Kleiderkasse, (Clothing Account), 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. Originally the insignia worn on the visor caps consisted the Weimar Reichsheer patterns which included a blackened leather chinstrap for all ranks. In February 1927 new chin cords for Officer ranks were introduced with silver cords for the ranks of Leutnant to Oberst and gilt cords for the ranks of Generalmajor to Generalfeldmarschall. Regulations of February 26TH 1936 also permitted senior NCO’s who were Officer Candidates to wear the Officers twisted silver/aluminum chin cord on their visor caps as opposed to the standard EM/NCO’s leather chinstrap. Of Note: Both the first pattern Reichsheer era visor cap eagle and wreath were replaced with the second pattern in March 1935. The different branches of service within the army were allocated a particular identifying waffenfarbe, (Branch of Service Color), with black being chosen for Pionier, (Combat Engineer), personnel which was displayed as piping on the visor cap.
Shipping Weight: 2.5 lbs
Your Price $875.00 USD

WWII Nazi German Wehrmacht Infantry Officer's Visor Cap Size 57 Schirmmütze
Item #: VF4439

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Beautiful quality, private purchase, visor cap with a field-gray wool body and crown, a blue/green badge cloth centerband with white wool waffenfarbe piping to the crown edge and both the top and bottom edges of the centerband. Nice army pattern eagle and cockade affixed to the front of the cap. The cap has a silver wire chin cord which is secured in place by two, small, silver washed, pebbled metal buttons. The cap has an extended, forward, black lacquered vulcanfibre visor with a subtly raised lip to the forward edge. The interior of the cap is fully lined in gray rayon. The interior crown lining has a clear celluloid sweat diamond with with the makers name (hard to read). Complete leather sweatband is still supple. The cap is size marked 57 to the interior of the sweatband. As you can see in the photos, the German soldiers name was crossed out and the GI placed his name in the cap.
Visor caps were a standard item for all personnel during the Third Reich period and regulations dictated the form of dress they were to be worn with based on the individuals rank. Originally the insignia worn on the visor caps consisted of the Weimar Reichswehr pattern oak-leaf wreath and cockade and a blackened leather chinstrap for all ranks. In February 1927 new chin cords for Officer ranks were introduced with silver cords for the ranks of Leutnant to Oberst and gilt cords for the ranks of Generalmajor to Generalfeldmarschall. On March 14TH 1933 the Reichswehr’s oval black, red and gold cockade was replaced with a circular cockade in black, white, and red and on February 17TH 1934 the Third Reich pattern national eagle for the army was officially introduced for wear on the visor cap. In March 1935 a new, more detailed, pattern wreath and cockade and a second, larger pattern national eagle were also introduced for wear and in late 1935 regulations altered the Reichswehr era field-grey colored centerband to a dark blue/green coloration which was utilized until the end of the war. Further regulations of February 26TH 1936 also permitted senior NCO’s who were Officer Candidates to wear the Officers twisted silver/aluminum chin cord on their visor caps as opposed to the standard EM/NCO’s leather chinstrap. The different branches of service within the army were allocated a specific, identifying, waffenfarbe, (Branch of Service Color), with white being chosen for Infanterie, (Infantry), personnel which was displayed as piping on the visor cap for EM/NCO’s and Company and Field grade officers. Officers and certain senior NCO ranks were responsible for purchasing their own caps and as a result were allotted a clothing allowance through the army’s Kleiderkasse, (Clothing Account), 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.
Shipping Weight: 2.5 lbs
Your Price $675.00 USD

Early NAMED USN HU-871 US Navy Helicopter Utility Squadron 871 Large Jacket Patch
Item #: VF4438

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Rare US Navy helicopter utility squadron 871 jacket patch. This patch measures 9 1/4 X 7 3/4 inches in overall size. It depicts the pilot in red, white and blue clothes with a cape flying in the wind. With the circular design of the helicopter with the rotors above and the wheels below.  Across the top is has "HU871" which stands for helicopter utility squadron 871. They used the "HU" designation from 1948 to 1965. The patch is named to the reverse LCDR Kimrey L.W. and dated August 23rd, 1965.
Shipping Weight: 0.6 lb
Your Price $350.00 USD

WWII German Nazi Luftwaffe “Other Ranks” Combat Buckle with Brown Leather Tab Koppelschloß
Item #: FRJ160

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This steel buckle has a matte blue/gray combat finish that remains 95% intact. The buckle itself has little to no visible wear. The reverse has a steel roll bar/prongs and a catch that consists of a "U” shaped bar with flat, slightly flanged feet. The light brown leather tab is excellent, remaining soft and supple. It is marked by the maker, B. Haarmann of Lüdenscheid, and includes the date of production, 1942.
Military belts and their corresponding buckles date back centuries and were initially designed for attaching swords and daggers. In 1847 a new innovative box buckle with a quick release catch and corresponding belt were introduced which resulted in a Prussian, Hauptmann Virschow, initiating a new method of carrying personal equipment with the belt and shoulder straps supporting the majority of the weight. This system, with modifications, remains in use in most of the armies in the world to this day. During the Third Reich there was a prescribed form of wear of the belt and buckle with the buckle being positioned on the right side and the corresponding buckle catch on the left side. First introduced on May 20TH 1935, the Luftwaffe EM/NCO’s belt buckle underwent minor modifications in late 1937 or early 1938 with a new pattern eagle and again in 1940 with a slight difference in construction. Originally the EM/NCO’s buckles were produced with a silver finish until a blue/grey version was introduced, (Circa mid-1940), and a tropical, olive drab version was introduced in late 1940 although the silver finished buckles continued to be utilized. Of Note: Luftwaffe personnel initially utilized brown leather accoutrements but during the war the leather items were generally blackened. Also Of Note: Originally military buckles produced under government contract had the addition of a leather, (canvas web for tropical buckles), tabs which were designed to help support the ammunition pouches and prevent slippage but regulations in 1942 discontinued the tabs to preserve leather although the directive was not completely adhered to     
Shipping Weight: 0.6 lb
Your Price $210.00 USD

WWII Nazi German Luftwaffe Black Panzer EM/NCO'S Breast Eagle Hoheitsabzeichen
Item #: FRJ159

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Machine embroidered, second pattern, (Circa 1936/1937-1945), Luftwaffe eagle, clutching a canted swastika in one talon, in silvery/gray rayon threads on a cut-out Luftwaffe black wool base with a black cloth backing.
The Luftwaffe pattern national eagle was originally introduced for wear by Fliegerschaft, (Pilot Base), personnel of the DLV, Deutscher Luftsportsverband, (German Air Sports Association), the clandestine, civilian, forerunner of the Luftwaffe on August 18TH 1934 and was officially adopted for wear by all Luftwaffe personnel on March 1ST 1935. The original first pattern national eagle was utilized until a, slightly modified, second pattern national eagle was introduced in late 1936 or early 1937. Regulations dictated that the national eagle was to be worn on almost all headgear and on the right breast of almost all uniforms with a few minor exceptions. Officer’s ranks generally utilized hand embroidered breast eagles as opposed to the machine embroidered breast eagles as utilized by EM/NCO ranks. Of Note: Machine woven and even metal alloy national eagles were also utilized in limited quantities. Also Of Note: Officer holding ranks of Generalmajor to Generalfeldmarschall and Reichsmarschall Göring utilized gold colored accoutrements including breast eagles as opposed to the silver versions worn by all other ranks.
Shipping Weight: 0.6 lb
Your Price $150.00 USD