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It took me years to find this early Erel. It's the only one I own and it's probably my favourite visor.
I think that it would be interesting if some of you would be kind enough to open their collections and make of this thread a kind of reference for this type of visor.

Pierre

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Here is one I used to own, it was a beauty!!

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Thanks for the compliment Adam and thanks for your participation Doug, I like the nice shape of your former visor.

Keep them coming guys.

Pierre

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Hi guys,

I tend to keep my collection more or less private, choosing to share more via e-mail with fellow collectors than over public forums. I had some shifting priorities come up lately, and I sold some key pieces from my collection. This was one which went to a good friend overseas. This cap hadn't seen the light of day in over 25 years, but since it's been recently posted to a few forums, there's no reason it shouldn't be posted here as well.

The visor is a custom officer's white top in wool. For all intents and purposes, it is akin to a standard, high quality officer's visor, but constructed in a cream-colored wool instead of the typical LW blue. I had only wanted one officer's white top for my collection, and it took a dedicated search of over two years to unearth this one. When I did, I couldn't have been more surprised (and ecstatic). The cap is attributed to Goring's chief adjutant, Oberst Berndt von Brauchitsch.

When Goring surrendered to U.S. Forces in May of '45, he had an entourage with him of 75+, including family, friends, relatives, house staff, adjutants (at least six), Luftwaffe soldiers, etc. Oberst von Brauchitsch surrendered to the Allies, and escorted them to Goring. Oberst von Brauchitsch accompanied Goring into captivity, and U.S. forces brought much of Goring's things to Nuremburg, along with those of Oberst von Brauchitsch, who also testified at Nuremburg. The white top visor was stored at the occupied Police HQ at Nuremburg until the late 70s, when it was first purchased and entered the collector's circle.

I've attached photos of the visor. You can see that the wool weave matches that of Goring's visor, and the interior is remarkably similar. This white top is the only LW visor that shares the features seen in Goring's visor, and was likely ordered at the same time, and/or by Goring for his chief aide. I'll also add photos of Goring's surrender showing Oberst Berndt von Brauchitsch with him, along with Goring's wardrobe change for his interview by the U.S. war press, and finally Oberst von Brauchitsch at Nuremburg.

I hope you enjoy, as it's truly a remarkable piece of history, let alone a spectacular and unique cap in its own right. The cap is currently owned by Mr. Bob Lyons, an advanced Luftwaffe headgear collector, and an all-around great guy.

J-

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More photos, including the interior. Note that the underbill is tan leather, the sweatband is cream, and the liner is white silk. The bottom rim of summer visors is typically in the standard LW blue. This one is cream, matching the top.

I've attached a few of Goring's visor for comparison.

J-

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Some surrender photos of Goring with Oberst Berndt von Brauchitsch, Goring's interview a few days later by the war correspondents, and von Brauchitsch's Nuremburg "mug shot."

J-

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Jason, I am humbled mate ! :smile:

 

Here is another officer white top, this one by CW, ...

 

 

Bob

 

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Two's company....

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Hey fellow collectors,

 

I finally found a white cap, and I am very very happy for this one.

 

Maker SCHELLENBERG, soft goldish interior lining in very good condition, grey sweatband marked "Stirndruckfrei", D.R.G.M. no. 14.19.504. 

Eagle is sewn in place, there is no holes in the whito top for any other type of bird, Drückknopf marked "Stucko" and placed in front.

Visor is black, after removing the wite top I find a nice fine weave, undamaged.

Inside sweatband is a fanit stamp "2" - size.?.

 

Any other photoes wanted, please just ask.

 

Regards,

Hans Kristian

 

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Pierre C., Doug R., JasonA, Bob L, and Hans Krietian:

 

Hello gentlemen! Thank you for sharing your fantastic LW officer's visor caps with the Forum, nice photographs.

 

Best regards,

John 

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