A rare original example of a wartime RAF Ordinary Airman's Peaked Cap which is clearly dated 1940.
This pattern of cap was worn throughout the inter-war period before being phased out in favour of the Field Service cap at the beginning of the Second World War. Whilst post-war examples are still quite common to find, pre-war and early war examples such as this are very scarce and rarely seen for sale. They are also notably very different to the post-war version.
The cap is typical of pre-war examples with a short peak and narrow black coloured patent leather chin strap. The circular features a notably taller sidewall than post-war examples and the black finish to the top side of the peak is again notably different. Inside the cap features a black oil cloth lining and a leather sweatband which bears the 1940 which is more legible in person than shown in the photographs. There is also an RAF AID stamp and the original owner has added his serial number which may offer the prospect of further research.
The cap will suit around a size 6 7/8 hat size.
The cap is in good condition overall and displays very well. There are signs of wear and age with some discolouration etc. It clearly saw plenty of use by its original owner which has given it a fantastic used look which cannot be replicated. Overall it is a very nice example but is not perfect so please take time to study the pictures before purchasing.
A nice example of this rare pattern of hat which is synonymous with the pre-war and early war years. A must have for the serious collector!