RKB Visor by Carl Nause Hildesheim
RKB Officer visor--pre-war quality in doeskin.
I have only seen one other hat marked to Nause, and they were most likely a tailor, and the hat is probably a pre-war Welhausen.
Hat is cut in the Wehrmachtschnitt, and the highlights to the wreath and eagle are polished.
06-05-2014 05:15 AM
Many RKB visors are actually Kyffhauserbund visors that had the insignia replaced, but this one is not one of those--it was made as an RKB from the get-go.
Cords are genuine silver, tarnished with age, but one can see the original bright silver color in some of the recesses of the knots:
The Reichskriegertag took place from June 3-5, 1939 and was one of the last major parades before the war broke out.
Photos of the event depict a cloudless sky over Kassel, and it had to have been very uncomfortable wearing wool uniforms in the summer sun.
Last edited by stonemint; 06-07-2014 at 07:30 AM.
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All the big-wigs of the Reich appeared for the event, and Hugo Jaeger captured it all in color:
What is interesting is that this hat has sweatstaining to the lining, and imo, it was only worn once--at this parade, and was then put away when war broke out (I have another RKB that also exhibits no wear, but sweatstains to the lining--probably from that hot day in June).
Lining is a really nice champagne-colored silk with a leather sweatband, 1/2 fold-over & 1/2 sewn. It is also well padded and shaped. Hat would not have been cheap back in '39:
Maker logo--if anyone has any other examples by Nause, I would love to see them.
(I would like to give credit to Kurt for making this hat available to me....)
Congrats on a truly spectacular acquisition for your collection. I don't collect in this area, but very much appreciate the superb quality and exceptional craftsmanship displayed in these hats.
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"Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday." - John Wayne
Great hat (I love the tarnished chin cords and the polished insignia) and great color pictures of the event. I think the hottest that day was Admiral Raeder (he is wearing a frock coat).