USSR – Visor Cap – Army – General
This is a Soviet-era Army General’s visor cap. One thing I always found intriguing about high-ranking Russian officers was their visor caps’ sheer size. Their diameters at the top were particularly large. This cap sports a wide, black-velvet trim band that measures 1 3/4″ wide. Above that are two thin red bands of piping. The rest of the cap top’s basic color is a light-blue. In the black trim band’s center (where one would see kokarden on a German visor cap) is a background of gold oak leaves. Within the oak leaves’ center is an oval-shaped cockade surmounted by a red enamel star sporting the Soviet Union’s hammer and sickle. Below the oak leaf device is a pair of gilt-toned ropes connected to small, gilt-toned buttons. Within the buttons’ center is another star displaying the hammer and sickle. Inside the cap is a blue leather sweatband. The blue silk liner covering the cap’s interior displays a diamond-shaped leather patch that indicates the cap is a size “57.” It is also features the name of a military effects store located in Moscow. This cap is in mint condition, and dates from 1960 to 1985.