German Army Medical Officer's Visor Cap


SKU: 20.GOR.

Estimated market value:

$800 USD

  • German Army Medical Officer's Visor Cap Profile
  • German Army Medical Officer's Visor Cap Front
  • German Army Medical Officer's Visor Cap Right Side
  • German Army Medical Officer's Visor Cap Back
  • German Army Medical Officer's Visor Cap Left Side
  • German Army Medical Officer's Visor Cap Top
  • German Army Medical Officer's Visor Cap Interior
  • German Army Medical Officer's Visor Cap Insignia Detail
  • German Army Medical Officer's Visor Cap Chin Cord Detail
  • German Army Medical Officer's Visor Cap Maker Mark
  • German Army Medical Officer's Visor Cap Maker Mark

Estimated market value:

$800 USD


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Physical Description and Item Details

Army Medical Officer's Visor Cap - three rows of navy blue piping, with the body of the cap fabricated from a light gray wool, featuring the classic high peak and rounded saddle-shaped sides. It has a forest green wool band around its circumference, which supports a silvered aluminum wreath surrounding a cockade, the cockade with a painted black base incorporating a silvered ring and red felt centre. Immediately above on the crown is a 2nd Pattern Eagle. The visor is black vulcanfibre, free of contact marks and crazing, with a silver bullion cord above, in two rows, knotted in the appropriate-style on the sides and held in position via pebbled gilt posts on both sides. The underside of the visor is synthetic and finished in light tan. The tan sweatband is leather, stamped in silver ink on the left side with the "EREL Stirnschutz Patent" maker's mark, the two ends tied together with a white ribbon, in bow-tie fashion. The dome itself has a gold-coloured rayon liner, with a clear celluloid moisture shield, stamped in silver ink on the rayon liner with a diamond-shaped insignia inscribed "GES GESCH EREL BERLIN SONDERKLASSE" in the centre, with "OFFIZIER KLEIDERKASSE BERLIN" above and "Extra" below and no owner's tag present. Overall, it measures 235 mm x 280 mm x 155 mm in height. The cap has one small moth invasion hole near the tip of the eagle's wing on the left side of the crown, along with a 5 mm long fabric interruption in the top row of the navy blue piping on the cap's left side. Other than these minor flaws, the cap continues to exhibit smooth quality in the wool, plus quality workmanship, intact stitching, maintaining its original period look, near mint.


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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