Germany - Third Reich
Third Reich political leader’s visor cap
Throughout the pre-war years in the Third Reich, the caps for political leaders underwent roughly four major changes in style. This is the last of the styles, introduced in April, 1939, which is characterized by the gilt eagle and large cap wreath. The light-blue piping signifies “Ortsgruppeleitung,” the lowest of four political grades. Higher grades include “Kreisleitung” (white), “Gauleitung” (dark red), and “Reichsleitung” (gold or golden-yellow). Many thanks to Bill in Massachusetts for this extremely well-preserved hat.

A close up of the RZM tag hidden under the artificial leather sweatband. Contract 104 was for J.C Kornacker of Hildesheim-Hannover.