Spanish Civil War Republican Airforce Officer Cap

£2,800.00




A guaranteed original Spanish Civil War (1936-39) Republican Airforce Officers side cap.

The cap is in dark blue material with green piping, red and gold tassle, the red on gold bullion star and the two bullion bars for the rank of Lieutenant. The inside sweat band is stamped ANA NOVEDAD in Art Nouveau style letters and the inside is lined in light green linen, ink stamped 8. There is an ink inscription "A Souvenir from the Spanish Civil War from your friend Gustarry Barcelona March 1937 (Lieutenant's Hat Red Army).

The hat is in near mint condition as it has been safely stored since 1937, the only indication of age being the toning to the gold bullion.

The cap was presented to Royal Navy Petty Officer C.W. FORD of HMS Repulse, which was part of the International Naval Intervention and Protection Force. P.O Ford was a courier, probably with Naval Intelligence and a fellow companion on board was Lieutenant Ian Flemming of James Bond fame.

HMS Repulse was sunk in the Far East in 1941. P.O FORD survived and was taken to Singapore but he was later sunk again on HMS Naiad.

The cap is part of a collection of items that were kept as souvenirs from Spain, all of which we are listed for sale.

Size: 58