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USAAF cap found in El Salvador

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    Default USAAF cap found in El Salvador

    i found this airforce cap at an antique shop in centralamerica, and after some hard bargain iīve bought it for 70 dollars. It gave me good vibes, itīs not too battered but still looking old, even the leather under the (rigid) visor brittled into dust, so i treated it with an leather-treatment.. iīd like to think that it belonged to a B17 pilot : )
    What do you guys think ībout this cap? Real or fake? anyhow iīm quite happy with it, but knowing that it was a good deal will make me even happier...
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    eritis sicut deus, scientes bonum et malum...

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    Default Re: USAAF cap found in El Salvador

    Doesn't the "silver" badge mean the badge is USAF rather than USAAF ? Just wondering.

    PG

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    It appears to be a nice WWII era tan/summer Officer's cap, in a decent size.
    I think these are worth $100 or more these days. And yes, the badge
    has been replaced with a modern U.S. Air Force type.

    The WWII style insignia is of gilt brass, like the side buttons. It should not
    be hard to find an original replacement on E-bay etc, for around $20.

    Look for one with a maker, such as 'Amcraft', 'Amico' or 'Luxenberg'
    to be sure it is WWII era, if you are picky..............
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Default Re: USAAF cap found in El Salvador

    Thank you guys
    So it seems to be an antique cap, with an insignia which is not matching the capīs perid. Nevertheless both seem to be official & original... I ask myself..why would someone have removed the original eagle and replaced it with an newer original? Seems complicated, maybe it has been used during ww II USAAF years, and after the war they replaced it with the newer one ?
    Therefore i like collecting stuff... all the stories and misteries within the objects...
    eritis sicut deus, scientes bonum et malum...

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    Default Re: USAAF cap found in El Salvador

    Quote by danhashman View Post
    Thank you guys
    So it seems to be an antique cap, with an insignia which is not matching the capīs perid. Nevertheless both seem to be official & original... I ask myself..why would someone have removed the original eagle and replaced it with an newer original? Seems complicated, maybe it has been used during ww II USAAF years, and after the war they replaced it with the newer one ?
    Therefore i like collecting stuff... all the stories and misteries within the objects...
    I think you may be correct.

    If you remove the badge, there may be a makers name or numbers marked
    on the reverse. Certain details could show the period the badge is from.

    The Army Air Force continued to wear army gear after WWII, until it became
    a separate branch - the U.S.A.F. - in October 1947. A new blue uniform
    with silver buttons and insignia was then issued, but in remote bases
    around the world, supplies were not always timely. Plus, they may
    have continued to wear the tan uniform much later as well.

    There were a lot of AAF bases set up for the training of pilots and flight
    crew in the southern USA during WWII, so it may have possibly
    drifted south from any of those airfields too.
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Default Re: USAAF cap found in El Salvador

    It also may have come from Panama.
    SteveR

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    Default Re: USAAF cap found in El Salvador

    Quote by SteveR View Post
    It also may have come from Panama.
    SteveR
    What SteveR says above is possible too...........................!
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Its very interesting to see where some items apear after all these years.
    Great find.
    Cheers.
    Nuno

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    Default Re: USAAF cap found in El Salvador

    Yes my guess would be that the owner was in Panama in the Canal Zone or maybe did submarine patrol duty from a number of bases in Cuba, Brazil, Puerto Rico, or maybe even Salinas Air Field in Ecuador. Who knows the 6th Air Force was all over that area. They were also there until 1949 in many cases so the owner might have replaced the eagle then. I have a WWII era crusher cap with a Korean era eagle. I purchased it from the original owner. He said he liked the cap and when the eagle broke while he was in Korea he received a new hat. He didnt like the feel and put the new eagle on his old cap. He wore the cap again in Taiwan during Vietnam. This might be the case here. The eagle looks sterling to me if it is you have a nice eagle one just went on ebay for $40 marked "Sterling London" on the left wing of the eagle (if your looking at the back).

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    Default Re: USAAF cap found in El Salvador

    Any legit British silver item will have a series of (usually) four hallmarks.

    The term "sterling" is usually used in the USA or Canada.

    I'd be suspicious of anything marked "sterling, London".

    Case in point, I used to have Birmingham hallmarked USAAF wings that belonged to a colonel who spent a lot of time in the UK with the 8th Air Force and either replaced his original wings there or bought a spare. Wish I still had them.

    Cheers,

    Pat G.

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