German Fire Police Visor Cap from Hildesheim
This is a German fire police visor cap dating to the mid-1930s. It features a red cockade on the front along with a first pattern (pre-1936) Nazi police eagle badge on the cap band.1 Attached below the eagle is a small banner inscribed with the title "R.B. Hildesheim." Hildesheim is a Saxon city located in the north-central part of Germany where the cap's owner likely worked. The initials R.B. could stand for the word "Reichsbereich" (Reichs region). The color of the cap band and the piping indicate that this cap was worn by a member of the fire protection police.2 It is clear from the leather chinstrap that this cap belonged to an enlisted man.3 This cap also features a waterproof liner.