I would like to help you out with why this is a fake. Hertlein is one of the top 3 most faked visors (do a forum search and you will see what I mean).
First of all, the piping is very sloppy/wavy.
Second, the interior is a typical postwar liner which has been rubberized (& think about it--would a hat be made for a Reichsleiter with an EM/NCO interior?)
Third, the band is not the standard wartime velvet--it is brushed wool/cotton.
The wreath is also fake.
Lastly, it lacks typical Hertlein wartime features.
I will post some standard wartime Hertlein features, both early and late war.
08-28-2013 01:05 AM
Thanks for your help and for providing details that did not know.
Many of the mid- to late-war Hertleins used a dual-tone lining--ie, the top lining is waterproofed oilcloth (note it is not rubbery), with contrasting side panels.
Hertlein used 2 logos--the simple logo and the more extravagant one, which appears to have been used only on their higher quality hats.
All three of these interiors are wartime Hertleins:
What is common to many (although not all) Hertlein fakes is the fact that the logo on the fakes is reversed, as compared to the wartime logo:
Here is the brushed cotton that is common to so many of these NSDAP fakes--it should always be velvet:
& lastly, here is another of those fake wreaths--they are always (poorly) artificially aged:
Here are a bunch of reverse-logo (ie, fake) Hertleins. The logo is not reversible, due to the fact that it is the official City of Erlangen crest (note the "C" & the "E" are reversed):
Last edited by stonemint; 08-28-2013 at 04:45 PM.
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Here are some original Hertleins--note the C & E are on the breast of the eagle on the right, and are not reversed:
2 pics of the Wappen for Erlangen during the Third Reich:
Terrific! I hope you can have your money back!