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WW2 Japanese Naval Officer's Visor Cap with Bullion Badge in Original Lined Carry Box. Sn 13608 - 13608
This is an original WW2 Japanese naval Officer's visor cap and badge which is complete with the original lined carry case. The caps main body is made of navy blue wool that is in excellent condition and is covered with a pull on dust cover (which has a few white marks on it), the dust cover is original and pulls on and secures with a single press stud at the rear which is still present. There is a ribbed black cloth centre band. The insignia is on a black badge cloth roundel. It includes gold bullion wreath with golden highlights with a nickel silver chrysanthemum at the peak. There is a cockade with a metal anchor and gold bullion. it has a black patent leather chinstrap held in place by a pair of gilt naval anchor buttons. The black leather visor is in good undamaged condition. The interior is fully lined in purple rayon that is in excellent condition. The sweatband is produced in black ersatz leather, on the inside it is ink stamped with a size "22 1/4". The cap is in excellent overall condition and original, the only marks being on the dust cover. The cap comes in its original linen covered and lined cap box. The box is in excellent undamaged condition. It has a makers label inside the lid (see the inset on the first photograph). It has a lid which is hinged on a leather strap which goes over the lid and secures on the front through a steel buckle. There is a metal name plate on the front in Japanese. The box has a leather carry handle on top. the lid is also edged in brown leather, it has the remains of a paper label on the top. This is an excellent, original cap in its original box. The price includes Uk delivery. Sn 13608

WW2 Naval Aviator Officer's Tropical Peaked/Visor Cap Size 7 1/4". Sn 132634 - 13264
An original WW2 American Naval/Aviator Officer’s Tropical peaked/visor cap, size 7 1/4" by Navy Exchange. It has a cream cotton crown and body. The cap has a black mohair band. It has a silvered and gilt post 1941 Officer’s cap badge with the American Spread Eagle. The chin strap is also gold bullion secured with two U.S.N. buttons either side. It has a black patent peak/visor. The sweat band is brown leather with numerous breather holes punched into it. The sweatband has a size label stuck to the inside with "7 1/4". It has a label inside with "Made Expressly for Navy Exchange U.S. Naval Station Norfolk V.A. A Berkshire Product". A very nice example. The price includes UK postage. Sn 13264

WW2 1943 USAAF Officer's Tropical Peaked Cap, Size 7 1/4". Sn 13261 - 13261
Original WW2 1943 dated USAAF Officer’s Tropical peaked cap. It is made from a light khaki tan material crown and body. It has a tan finely braided mohair band. The polished brown leather peak is also lined below with buff leather. It has a brown leather chinstrap secured by gilt USAAF buttons. To the front it has a gilt American Eagle officer’s cap badge secured with a brass screw disc. Inside it has a brown leather sweatband which is nicely stamped with the maker and dated “Jan 21 1943” and sized at "7 1/4". It has a silk covered roll around the rim inside to give the top shape. The underside of the top is clear plastic lined and has "Regulation Army Officers Service Cap" in black print. The sweatband has very minor service wear. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13261

Original WW2 1930 Dated USAAF Other Ranks Peaked Cap Size 7 5/8". Sn 13260 - 13260
An original WW2 1930 dated USAAF Other Ranks peaked cap size 7 5/8". It is made from a fine khaki material and is in very good clean condition. It has a stiffened crown and body. It has a brown leather peak and chinstrap secured by gilt USAAF eagle buttons either side. On the front it has an original gilt American Eagle disc badge secured on the inside with a brass screw disc. Inside it is lined with a fine tan cotton lining. The cap has a brown leather sweatband with a size label "7 5/8". Inside the sweatband it is stamped with the date “Nov 5th 1930” “Phila Depot. BF. Brown”. This is a very nice clean, undamaged example of the other ranks USAAF peaked cap. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13260

WW2 1942 Royal Air Force Tropical Slouch Hat Siz 6 7/8". Sn 13259 - 13259
A WW2 1942 dated Royal Air Force Tropical slouch hat with R.A.F. colour flash and pugaree. A slouch hat is a wide-brimmed felt or cloth hat most commonly worn as part of a military uniform, often, although not always, with a chinstrap. It is a survivor of the felt hats worn by certain 18th century armies. Since then, the slouch hat has been worn by military personnel from many different nations including Australia, Britain, India, New Zealand, Southern Rhodesia, France, the United States, the Confederate States, Germany and many others. Australia has had a slouch as standard issue headwear since the late Victorian era. The hat has a left side press stud to turn up the left side. It has a multi folded silk Pugaree band fitted in khaki which has an R.A.F. silk insignia in blue white and red stitched to the left side. The felt is completely free of any holes or damage. Inside the hat it has a brown leather sweat band which is stamped with "V553 6 7/8" 1942" stamped in black ink. There is a faint warrant number hand written on the opposite side. It has an adjustable leather chin strap with brass buckles. This is a very nice example. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13259

WW2 Era Bersaglieri Light Infantry Hat With 1st Bersaglieri Plate & Black Capercaillie Feather Cockade. Sn 13203 - 13203
The Bersaglieri (Marksmen in English) are a corps of the Italian Army originally created by General Alessandro La Marmora on 18 June 1836 to serve in the Army of the Kingdom of Sardinia, later to become the Royal Italian Army. They have always been a high-mobility light infantry unit, and can still be recognized by the distinctive wide brimmed hat that they wear (only in dress uniform in modern times), decorated with black capercaillie feathers. The feathers are usually applied to their combat helmets. Another distinctive trait of the Bersaglieri is the fast jog pace they keep on parades, instead of marching. Italy began the Second World War with 12 Bersaglieri Regiments of three battalions each. Over the preceding years the Army had resisted suggestions to dilute their quality, and recruits continued to be of above-average size and stamina, endured intense physical training and had to qualify as marksmen. The Bersaglieri fought in southern France and then in Greece, later, Bersaglieri Regiments were also deployed on the Eastern Front. One Battalion of Bersaglieri participated in the East African Campaign. This is an original WW2 Era Bersaglieri Hat. The helmet’s body, sweatband, lining and leather chin strap are clean but have areas of surface wear consistent with age. The front of the helmet has its original large gold coloured metal plate with Number ‘1’ to the 1st Bersaglieri Light Infantry mounted on a cloth rosette in the colours of the Italian flag. The hat has its original leather chin strap with buckle and is mounted with the correct original Capercaillie Feather cockade. The helmet is approx UK size 7. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 13203

WW2 British Kings Crown W.R.N.S. Wren Officer's Cap & Badge. Sn 12718 - 12718
A WW2 British Women's WRNS (Women's Royal Naval Service) Officer's cap with Kings Crown badge. The badge is a good padded example of the WRNS cap badge in gold wire, velvet, and blue silk with a silver metal anchor in the centre. The badge is stitched to a head band. The badge is in good condition. The cap is black Melton and is free of any damage. The side are stitched to the cap sides. The cap edge is seamed with black binding and the stitching is all present and secure. Inside the cap there is a light black cotton lining. There are no size markings on the cap. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 12718

WW2 British Royal Navy Ratings White Top Cap Complete With a H.M.S. (His Majesty's Ship) Cap Band Size 6 5/8". Sn 12719 - 12719
The Royal Naval ratings round cap has been in use for over a hundred years, however it has undergone many changes in that period and the caps in use today are very different to those worn at Jutland. These caps were originally worn either with white tops or dark tops depending on the time of year (today only white top examples are used). The cap has a white top. The cap top is made of white canvas that is then whitened regularly to keep it smart, this was replaced by vinyl in the 1960s which was a lot easier to maintain. It has a black band with "H.M.S." embroidered in gold and the cap band is tied off in the traditional knot. Around the sides of the cap are two pairs of white grommets for ventilation. The inside of the cap has a cloth sweatband and a fabric lining to the crown. The centre of the cap has a manufacturer’s label "J Compton Sons & Webb Ltd London 6 5/8". There is a name inside in white paint "A Allen". It has a drawer string inside. The cap is in very good, straight original condition. The price includes UK delivery Sn 12719

A Belgian NCO's Gendarme Parade Kepi From The Era of King Baudouin, Size 57 1/2cm. Sn 12438 - 12438
This is an early Belgian Gendarmerie Parade Kepi for Warrant Officer (NCO) ranks of the National Police (Rijkswacht) which was part of the Belgian Army. The kepi is in good condition and free of any damage. It has a black peak with a silver bullion braided and knotted cord chin strap. Secured with a metal gilt button on either side. The kepi has a black head band. To the front it has a metal gilt button with a loop of braided silver bullion cord similar to the chin strap looped up to a cockade in silver bullion cord with a Kings Crown and the letter 'B', the letter B stands for the late King Baudouin. The sides and top are in very good undamaged condition, piped in silver round the top and above the head band and up the sides on each side. Inside it has a grey leather headband with a cloth lining. There is a makers label inside "'Labor Van Poucke Kerkistraat 22" and a small size label "57 1/2". This is a very nice example. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 12438

Boxed Post 1953 Royal Artillery Officer's Uniform Cap To Major C D Robins By Herbert Johnson, New Bond Street, London & Regiment Badge. Sn 12644 - 12644
A boxed Post 1953 Royal Artillery Officer's uniform cap with Regiment badge by Herbert Johnson, New Bond Street, London. The cap is in excellent condition and free of any moth damage. Its green material is clean & free of any damage, showing signs of careful use and storage. It has a brown leather chin strap secured with brass Royal Artillery buttons. The cap retains a nice shape. To the front it is fitted with Queen’s Crown cap badge (Royal Artillery) which is in excellent condition. Inside the cap it has the leather sweat band. The crown has some service wear but has a partially visible Johnson manufacturer’s stamp. There is no size inside but it measures 17cm side to side and 18cm front to back. The cap comes in a transit, heavy duty cardboard box which is labelled on the top with a Herbert Johnson label & a 1965 dated Royal Mail ink stamp. The box is addressed to "Major C D Robins, R.A. HQ RA 3rd Division Bulford Camp Wiltshire". This is an excellent condition example of the RA Officers Uniform cap and box. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 12644 **Please see the other two boxed cap listings Issued to the Same Officer when promoted to Lieutenant & Captain**
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