A Second War Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Officer's Service Cap
A Second War Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Officer's Service Cap - This fine quality peaked cap is fabricated from a grayish-blue wool-cotton blend, featuring the classic high peak. It has two black eyelets on the underside of the cap on both sides for ventilation, along with a 42 mm wide black band around its circumference, which supports the RCAF insignia at the front. The insignia is composed of a gilt metal eagle, the open-ended wreath and King's crown in silver and gold-coloured bullion wire, maroon felt accent in the crown, along with touches of red, green and blue embroidery in the crown's base, on a padded black wool base, the insignia measuring 61 mm x 67 mm. The stiff visor is also in a grayish-blue wool-cotton blend, matching the rest of the cap and has a black patent leather strap with dual adjustable sliders that runs across the front between the black fabric posts on either side. The underside of the cap is also in a grayish-blue wool-cotton blend. The 52 mm wide dark tan sweatband is leather, stamped in gold ink with the "BATES Hatter, 21 Jermyn Street, St. JAMES'S, LONDON." label on the left side and "The "Bates" Service Cap FINEST QUALITY" on the right side, with the two ends sewn together with a white ribbon, in a bow-tie fashion at the rear. 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 inscribed "LIGHT WEIGHT" below, visible through the liner. Overall, the cap measures 210 mm x 240 mm x 115 mm in height. It exhibits collapsing of the rear wall inwards from storage, one small mothing hole along the top edge on the right side, light soiling on the sweatband, along with separation in the stitching where the sweatband butts the body of the cap between the Bates label and the visor on the left side, very clean. Extremely fine.