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Royal Artillery field officers forage cap circa WWII

Article about: Another buy it now from the bay, RA filed officers forage cap with gilt badge, made by Morris Angel & sons; In 1840 Morris Angel, the founder of the Company, opened a second-hand clothin

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    Another buy it now from the bay, RA filed officers forage cap with gilt badge, made by Morris Angel & sons;

    In 1840 Morris Angel, the founder of the Company, opened a second-hand clothing shop in the Seven Dials area of London (near Covent Garden) providing a service for those who wanted good quality clothes at reasonable cost. When an actor asked if he could rent a suit rather than buy it, the hire business took off. The company remains a family enterprise with the 6th generation of the Angels family working in the company.

    Morris and his son Daniel moved to premises on Shaftesbury Avenue. Daniel opened a bespoke department in this new respectable environment. The quality and style of the clothes was high, and soon theatrical managers were seeking his services for their West End shows.


    As the film industry was beginning, Angels began a relationship with the film industry that lasts to this day, making the costumes for the film Maid of the Mountains (1913). Our Shaftesbury Avenue location ensured that we dressed every show of distinction in the West End, including musicals Showboat, The Girl Friend, The Co-optimists, The Year of Grace, No, No Nanette, and plays such as Journey's End, and The Truth Game.
    Angels quality is unsurpassed

    In the late 1920s, after Madame Tussauds was destroyed by fire, Angels re-dressed all the waxworks and provided uniforms and livery for the staff. From 1940 to 1945, Angels provided dress uniforms for the Free French Army and for ENSA, the army entertainment troupe.

    Angels won their first Best Costume Design Academy Award for Hamlet (1948) with Laurence Olivier.

    In 1989, a fire broke out at the Shaftesbury Avenue store, but Angels continued to provide costumes as the premises were restored.

    Angels acquired Bermans in 1992, moving the professional hire for film, TV and theatre to Camden. This allowed the original 119 Shaftesbury Avenue to be opened as Angels Fancy Dress; giving over almost one acre of storage space to public fancy dress hire.
    A small part of our warehouse.

    Angels The Costumiers moved the Film and TV Stock to a 160,000 sq.ft. purpose-built facility in Hendon in 2002. The building provides an incredible working environment, encompassing costume rental, line-up, costume making facilities, preparation areas and a suite of 15 designer offices and over 8 miles of costume rail in one room.

    Angels supplied costumes and uniforms to all five films nominated for the 2008 Oscar for Best Achievement in Costume Design and four out of the five films nominated for Film Costume Design BAFTAs. Across The Universe, Atonement, Elizabeth The Golden Age*, La Vie En Rose** and Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber Of Fleet Street.


    It looks to have a bit of moth damage and the chinstrap is also damaged, but the gilt officers badge looks to be a real beauty.
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    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Good stuff Jerry, not my area but I like it. It has a pleasant look of age to it! Leon.
    "Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut." Ernest Hemingway

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    Thanks Leon, I could not resist it, the price was good and the quality of the gilt badge was too sweet not to. Always adds to it with this type of cap to get one from the wartime period. It also goes nicely with the WWI example I also bought today.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Real nice cap and nice history lesson

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    Jerry, would you mind posting the WW1 example please?

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    Quote by Ocad View Post
    Jerry, would you mind posting the WW1 example please?
    I only have the 3 pics so far.

    Royal Artillery (Territorial Force) officers forage cap 1908-1917
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    It arrived today, very nice.
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    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Quality looking cap jerry,looks good for its age,nice find and well done to you Bud.............
    With Regards Jake.

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    Thanks Jake, I was very pleased to find it, and as you mention condition in the main is very good, almost no moth and the badge is a thing of beauty.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Also like it purely as me Grandfather did his five years with the RA as AA Battery,down at the Thames estuary..............
    With Regards Jake.

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