An original private purchase Royal Air Force officers tie by ‘Tootal’ in good condition.
RAF Officers kit was all private purchase and bought from a variety of gentlemen’s outfitters. Some would have had their own ties but most would have stocked ties from another company. It is impossible to say if this tie was ever worn by an RAF officer but it is of the period and the pattern for an RAF officer.
The construction of the tie is typical of ties made during the 1930s and 1940s. It is a single piece construction and not backed likes later ties. The material is again typical of the period as is the label.
The tie features a nice period label which reads ‘Tootal, Green Quality, All Rayon, Made in England, Wash as silk or wool’. Tootal were a popular brand from the 1930s through to the post-war period and are collectible in their own right today. This is certainly the sort of tie an RAF officer would have worn.
The tie is in good condition with no signs of undue wear or similar. It is however a vintage pre-worn item and made have issues consummate with age.
Overall a nice example of a period black tie which would make an excellent addition to an RAF collection or mannequin. Far superior to any modern stand-in!