Prussia – Schirmutze / Visor Cap – Officer – Graf – Kurassier Regiment 7 – Feldgrau
This is one of the most interesting officer schirmützes that we have encountered in some time. There are so many interesting details to share with yo, that I hardly know where to start!
First and most importantly it is a feldgrau visor cap. Feldgrau items always command a premium regardless of condition. This schirmütze is indeed feldgrau and its condition is as fine as I have ever seen. It is for an officer (More on him later.) Who served in Kürassier-Regiment von Seydlitz (Magdeburgisches)Nr 7. This regiment was founded in 1815 and was garrisoned in both Quedlinburg and Halberstadt where is was attached to the Prussian IV. Armeekorps.
The material of the cap is a rich high quality wool in feldgrau. There are three small white trim bands at the top of the cap and above and below the wide yellow band. All of these features firmly identify this cap to Kürassier-Regiment Nr 7. Also noted on the obverse at the center of the cap are the State and Reich officer kokarden.
The condition of the cap is very fine. I see but one small moth nip and one tracking area of the cap.
Turning to the interior of the cap we see a brown leather sweatband. It is complete and in excellent condition. It is slightly pulled away in one section. The sweatband shows light use and there is no doubt that this cap was gently worn. The liner attached to the sweatband and would rest on the wearers head is a faultless silk. If we look at the extreme reverse of the silk liner at the back of wearers head would rest, we see a crown for a Graf (Seven points where as a Freiherr would have five points.) Along with his cypher which I believe to be an “S”. I don’t currently have a 1914-1918 Rangliste to look up who our man is. If any of our readers who do have access to this book and can help out I would be very grateful.
Also included is the sales or storage box.
On the front of the box we see:
Militar-Effekten und Mützen-Handlung
Neben der Kaserne BURG Neben der Kaserne
The box is generally good condition. The bottom is solid and sturdy. The top of the box is a bit more fragile. The center is only partially attached to the outer ring. Care should be used in handling it.
We hope that you have enjoyed our description and the attached detailed photographs. This is a historically important item that is directly attributed to a ducal family.