An original WW2 period RAF Ordinary Airman's Forage Cap with black bakelite cap badge and buttons.
These caps came into issue with the RAF shortly before the Second World War and were worn by all airmen of the rank of Flight Sergeant and below. It is now an iconic piece of wartime RAF clothing synonymous with both Sergeant Aircrew and ground crew alike.
This particular example features the black plastic wartime economy cap badge and buttons usually seen on caps dating from around 1944. The internal markings inside the cap are well worn so it is impossible to date the hat exactly but it is an original period example.
Inside the cap the maker's markings are partly legible and the maker's name of 'A. J. Gelfer' can be read as well as part of the size which begins with 6. The cap is a smaller size measuring 10" along the opening when laid flat.
The cap is in well worn condition and clearly saw plenty of action at the time! There is soiling to the interior and the exterior shows signs of use and fading. It has an excellent used look to it which is impossible to recreate.
Altogether a nice original cap which would make a good addition to any RAF collection.