A Rare 1930's Chinese Officer's Cap
A Rare 1930's Chinese Officer's Cap - Exterior in black wool with two gold-coloured bullion bands and a thin row of gold-bullion piping above running around the circumference, three rows of thin gold-coloured piping forming a large star on the top and ringed in a row of thin gold-coloured piping, with a slightly recessed inner lip four single strips of gold-coloured piping radiating from the ring around the star and joining onto the piping on the side of the cap. The front is adorned with an independent Nationalist Chinese (Republican) insignia, illustrating the sun in silver bullion on a blue wool field, surrounded by gold-coloured bullion open-ended wreath of cherry blossoms, accented with sequins, ringed in silver wire, held in place via a black string fed through the underside. The visor peak is adorned with two facing cherry blossom motifs fronted by a row of trim, all in gold-coloured bullion, the cherry blossoms accented with sequins, the visor with a black wool upper and the edge trimmed in black leather, gold-coloured bullion band chinstrap with black wool backer resting upon the visor, with two slider adjustments, held in place on either side with bronze buttons, each illustrating a cherry blossom. The underside of the reinforced visor in brown leather, with a 52 mm wide reddish-brown sweatband stitched to the frame of the cap, the dome lined in red silk, in a pleated design and centered by a circular disk, black cloth manufacturer's label at the rear, in silver threading inscribed with the "DAI DONG & Co. NANKING" maker's name in English and Chinese (Mandarin) and the National Chinese sun insignia, the cap measuring 190 mm x 240 mm x 110 mm in height. Exhibiting moderate soiling on the underside of the visor, light wear on the sweatband and leather edge trim, without interruptions in the fabrics on the exterior and interior, near extremely fine. Accompanied by two reproduction photographs of Chiang Kai-shek.