c1935 Royal Air Force Yacht Club Officials Peaked Cap

£160.00




A very interesting and rare Official’s peaked cap for the early Royal Air Force Yacht Club.

The cap dates from around 1935 and has had a fair bit of wear. The cap badge has an embroidered King’s crown above a gilt RAF eagle, in turn above a slanted anchor. The inside has a leather sweat band and a brown liner. The maker’s or retailer’s label is that of John Morgan & Sons of Southampton and Cowes IOW. Condition is fair to good, with a bit of restoration to the inside of the peak.

In the 1930’s Calshot, at the entrance to Southampton Water, was an RAF Flying Boat Unit. The officers sailed a few dinghies, and some owners had moorings. This loose gathering of enthusiastic sailors approached the Commander-In-Chief, Coastal Command, who agreed to formalise the sailing group, and the title Royal Air Force Yacht Club was granted. The club closed down during WWII but benefited post-war from the donation of the Windfall yachts from Germany, as prizes of war. They had been built, for use by the members of the Luftwaffe.

Size cap: 24.5 x 22.5 x 13 cm (9 ¾ x 9 x 5 1/8 inches)
Size head: 54
Weight: 192g