Side Cap follow upApril 23 2009 at 10:15 PM
|Paul O (Login paultax2)|
from IP address 22.214.171.124
Response to Sidecap
Thanks for your input. I think that the two theories you espouse make sense and are, I think, very plausible. Couple of points, as I hold the cap in question in my hands I assure you that both buttons are absolutely identical KC buttons, both also being backmarked ARMFIELD B'HAM. I think the QC button confusion is caused by my less than professional photo skills which have caused a picture distortion due to camera angle and flash. Secondly, the sweatband, does show use and wear staining, although light. The sweatband is constructed of the typical officer side cap velvet material.
Also working with Toine's Sherlock Holmes quotation,"by eliminating the impossibilities until only one other option was/is left" I have done a little further internet research on the Armfield firm. They were in fact, among other items, button manufacturers. Originally established in 1763. On the site I discovered the following interesting information,"The factory was bombed in 1940 destroying the companies ability to manufacture buttons". Thus lending credence to your theory and mine that the cap predates WWII.
Dave,thanks for taking the time to comment. Also, do you have the e-mail address for the RAF Museum? Again, your thoughts and theories are appreciated.