A Second War Royal Air Force (RCAF) Air Vice Marshall Visor
A Second War Royal Air Force Air Vice Marshall Visor - This fine quality visor cap in fabricated from bluish-gray wool, with the classic high peak and rounded saddle-shaped sides. It has a 45 mm wide black wool band around its circumference, which supports a 50 mm x 66 mm RAF cap badge consisting of a gilt eagle overlaying a gold bullion wreath, the wreath topped by a gold bullion lion on the crown, touches of black and red embroidery in the lion and maroon felt in the crown, all on a black wool base, padded, giving it a three-dimensional look. The visor is vulcanfibre with two rows of gold bullion oak leaves (gold braid, nicknamed "scrambled egg", referred to as an "oak leaf sprig"), a black patent leather chin strap with two sliders resting along the top edge and held in position via black fabric-covered posts on both sides. The underside of the visor is synthetic and finished in bluish-green. The dark tan sweatband is leather, stamped in gold ink with the "BATES Hatter, 21 Jermyn Street, St. JAMES'S, LONDON." label, with the two ends sewn together with a white ribbon, in bow-tie fashion. The dome itself has a brown celluloid liner, with the "BATES Hatter, 21 Jermyn Street, St. JAMES'S, LONDON. LIGHT WEIGHT" label affixed to the dome and visible through the liner. Overall, the cap measures 240 mm x 280 mm x 155 mm in height, with two wear marks along the top edge of the patent leather chin strap. Extremely fine.