Constructed of a high quality field-grey doeskin wool, this privately purchased visor features a single piece “saddled” crown encircled by hellgrun waffenfarbe piping. To the peak of the saddle, there is a silver washed stamped aluminum national eagle clutching an oak-leaf wreath and central swastika. Below is a multi-piece body stitched to a blueish green cloth band encircled top and bottom by additional hellgrun waffenfarbe. To the centre of the the band is a silver washed, stamped aluminum oak-leaf wreath surrounding a vented (unique to EREL made visors) tri-colour colour cockade. Secured by prongs, the wreath appears to be additionally secured by period thread showing “ghosting” around the edges as pictured. The band is flanked by two small silver washed pebbled buttons that secure the twisted silver ribbed chin cord. Extending from the band is a black vulcanfibre visor with raised lip in showing minimal wear.
To the interior, the cap is lined in golden yellow rayon. A celluloid sweat shield features the remains of the Robert Lubstein Erel maker markings and a slip of paper with the owners name, “Frans Kaiser”. The sweatband shows considerable wear, the remains of the second EREL marking can be found as pictured stamped into the leather. Found on the majority of EREL made visors, the sewn in reed has snapped where the sweatband meets the visor. Despite the minor damage pictured, the cap remains in excellent condition and displays a level of period light soiling that adds an element of character rarely found as most choose to “clean up” caps for presentation purposes.
Please be aware that although we’ve tried our very best to identify the exact waffenfarbe shade used on this cap, many different branches used similar green shaded waffenfarbe and without additional insignia or markings certainty is unattainable.