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    M 1955 Infantry officer dress visor hat, dated 1956.

    M 1955 Infantry officer dress visor hat, dated 1956.

    In gray napped wool, with crimson piping and band. Aluminum "scrambled eggs" motif on the visor. The hat badge is the large, dress type; the center piece is in brass and enamels, the full dress wreath in gilded aluminum is a separate piece. The sweat diamond shows the logo of the "23rd Anniversary of the October Workshop, Moscow" with the 1956 date. Size 57 is stamped on the liner (approx. between US size 7 and 7 ).

    In very good to excellent condition. Both the crown and band are extremely clean. There is a single tiny moth nip to the underside of the crown where it would be practically unnoticeable on display; there are no traces of moth damage anywhere else on the cap. The visor is perfect and firmly attached. One of the metal embellishments of the visor had its prongs replaced at some point, but this did not affect the visor and can be noticed only at very close inspection.

    There are two small holes in the cardboard "stiffener", with corresponding holes in the band that are completely hidden from view by the hat badge. The cardboard part was never moved or replaced, so the holes are clearly from the prongs of the metal wreath. The early, brass version of the wreath had an extra set of prongs to provide tighter fix on the band. That means the wreath was replaced after the new, aluminum version of the wreath came up in 1956. The wreath that is currently on the hat is of correct type and vintage for it, and this is how the hat was worn by its original owner.

    The liner and sweat band are extremely clean and show only very light wear. The outer side of the sweat band still has a faint inventory ink stamp, a very unusual detail (they are almost always worn out). There are also quality control stamps on the inner side of the sweat band.


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