A Near Mint Army Medical Officer's Visor Cap
A Near Mint Army Medical Officer's Visor Cap - This is the finest example of a medical visor we have seen. Its condition is likely unmatched. Except for a single moth nip on the pipping, it is absolutely mint. A private purchase, this fine quality cap has 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.