German Army Cavalry NCO/EM's Visor Cap


SKU: 20.GOR.

Estimated market value:

$700 USD

  • German Army Cavalry NCO/EM's Visor Cap Profile
  • German Army Cavalry NCO/EM's Visor Cap Front
  • German Army Cavalry NCO/EM's Visor Cap Right Side
  • German Army Cavalry NCO/EM's Visor Cap Back
  • German Army Cavalry NCO/EM's Visor Cap Left Side
  • German Army Cavalry NCO/EM's Visor Cap Top
  • German Army Cavalry NCO/EM's Visor Cap Interior
  • German Army Cavalry NCO/EM's Visor Cap Insignia Detail

Estimated market value:

$700 USD


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Physical Description and Item Details

This Wehrmacht Heer Kavallerie NCo’s visor cap is crafted out of fine quality woolen tricot (Mützentrikot). The piping along the crown of the cap, as well as on the top and bottom edges of the cap band are a bright golden-yellow Wehrmacht Cavalry Waffenfarbe (branch colour). The fabric spanning around the crown is tight, without signs mothing, and without significant signs of wear or age. The cap band is crafted out of fine dark green (Flaschengrün) wool, and spans tightly around the cap, without holes, bumps, or mothing. The chin strap is constructed of thick lacquered leather, with glossy black metal fittings (magnetic), with imitation stitching on the top and bottom edges, and glossy black metal (magnetic) buttons on each side of the cap. The insignia consist of a silvered aluminum Wehrmacht eagle above the cap band, and a silvered aluminum officer’s wreath with a national tri-colour cockade with a red felt core within the cap band. The visor is crafted of glossy black lacquered Vulkanfiber, with a raised molded ridge running along the outer brim. The underside of the visor is lightly textured in a chequered pattern and is painted in a rusty brown colour. The interior of the cap is lined with rusty-brown silk-textured rayon fabric with a sewn-in plastic diamond. The sweatband is constructed of matching rusty-brown coloured leather, and is marked “Gottfried Nolte, Kassel, Fischgasse 18”, “1937” for the production year, “Landeslieferungs Genossenschaft “Ago” für Hessen (51)”, as well as “HB 37” - all stamped with black ink. It is also stamped “56” for sizing behind the plastic diamond. Behind the sweatband is an extremely well preserved cork padding, with the prongs of the wreath poking through. The cap measures 265 mm in diameter at the crown, and 177 mm in diameter at the interior opening. Mint condition, with the only flaw being a miniscule partial crack in the vulkanfiber, that is only visible from the underside.


The Visor Cap was not a newly developed garment. It had already been well established in the 1920s. The pattern that was used during the Third Reich was established in 1931.

The cap was made of a field grey-green woolen top, a dark green cap band, and a black leather visor. There are three bands of piping, one along the top, one above the cap band, and one below it. Piping is in the colour of the branch type of the wearer, except for General ranks, who had gold-coloured piping.

Enlisted men and NCOs wore a black leather chinstrap. Officers up to General ranks wore a silver-coloured chincord, whereas General ranks wore a gold-coloured one.

The cap has an eagle insignia on the front of the cap band and below it a national cockade in red, white, and black with a circle of oak leaves.

Prices will vary significantly depending on the branch, since caps of certain branches are rare.

Branch colours on German Heer headgear was as follows:
Black was worn by Engineer units.
Black/White was worn by Panzer Engineers.
Copper Brown was worn by Motorcycle personnel.
Light Brown was worn by Signals units until 1936, and by Construction troops.
Carmine was worn by the Führer Staff, General Staff Officers, Staff Officers of the Supreme Command of the Army, and all Veterinary branches.
Bordeaux Red was worn by Smoke & Chemical personnel.
Wine Red was worn by Judicial officials.
Bright Red was worn by Generals, Artillery units, and Ordnance Officers (until 1944).
Rose or Pink was worn by all Armored units (including Panzer troops, and Schützen Brigade Staff).
Orange was worn by Recruiting personnel, Ordnance troops, Ordnance Officers (since 1944), and Field Gendarmerie units.
Bright yellow was worn by Cavalry units, and Light Division Staff.
Lemon yellow was worn by Signal units.
White was worn by Infantry units.
Light Grey was worn by Propaganda personnel.
Grey-Blue was worn by Sonderführer (Specialist Officers).
Violet was worn by Chaplains and Field Bishops.
Cornflower Blue was worn by Medical units, and Supply units.
Bright Blue was worn by Transport troops.
Bright Green was worn by Jäger and Mountain units.
Grass Green was worn by Panzer Grenadier units (Armored Infantry).
Dark Green was worn by Administrative personnel.


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