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 ¼ ).
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
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.