Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1549: Rare 1939 Pattern Waffen-SS Enlisted Visor Cap with Postcard

Auction Date: April 30, 2016

Estimated Price: $5,500 - $8,500

Rare 1939 Pattern Waffen-SS Enlisted Visor Cap with Postcard

Manufacturer: None
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Type: Other
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Class: Other

Introduced in 1939 for wear by non-commissioned officers and enlisted men, the visor cap features "feldgrau" construction with a black felt band beneath the crown, with the traditional SS alloy eagle and totenkopf badges on the front, white piping around the edges of the crown and band, and a black SS style chinstrap and visor. The underside of the visor is finished in a dark green/gray, which matches the sweatband well, with a clear plastic sweat diamond on the light gray rayon lining. No maker's markings are present as seen on a number of SS visor caps. Included with the lot is an undated picture-postcard of a young enlisted man with the SS-Heimwehr Danzig, an early SS formation that participated in the Invasion of Poland and would later be made a component of the Totenkopf Division, wearing a nearly identical early pattern cap.

Rating Definition:

Excellent, totally original. The exterior is excellent, with a few very light stains and handling marks. The totenkopf shows some mild rubbing and finish loss, and the left side of the chinstrap has a small dot of light blue paint. The interior of the cap is very good, with some tears and cracking of the sweatband and a few small holes in the liner from the badges. A highly desirable Waffen-SS cap, rare in any condition (let alone this exceptional example), and perfect for a display piece in the most astute World War II collection!

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