Royal Navy Captain’s cap and 3 white covers – G.N. LORISTON CLARKE
WW2 Commanders / Captains Cap belonging to Geoffrey Neame Loriston-Clarke. The cap of dark blue cloth with one row of oak leaf decoration to the peak as worn by both Captains and Commanders. The gold embroidered cap badge is in fabulous condition, it is snag free and nicely toned with a thick padded velvet crown. Black patent leather chinstrap complete with brass adjusters. Black fabric chinstrap buttons present but now showing signs of wear to the edges. The oak leaves to the peak are also snag free and nicely toned being comparable to the toning on the cap badge which is always nice to see. This cap has obviously seen extensive WW2 service use as indicated by the wear to the fabric on the peak. The padded circular blue stitched lining is in good condition and bears the faint remains of the gold tooled Royal Coat of Arms above the words “By Appointment” and “GIEVES” the well known Naval tailors. The leather sweatband is present and secure save one small section near the peak where the stitching has perished. The sweatband is clearly named to “G.N. LORISTON CLARKE”. The cap is a good size. Included with the cap are Loriston-Clarke’s three ribbed white linen cap covers, these are all named in indelible ink and vary in condition from near very good to grubby! This officer as having served not only in both World Wars but in the inter-war period as well. During WW2, Loriston-Clarke served on the EscortDestroyer of the Hunt (Type I) Class HMS Southdown as a Commander between 05.02.1941 to 15.01.1942. and as Acting Captain on the Armed Merchant Cruiser HMS Canton from 29.01.1942 to late 1942. On the 1 st Jan 1942 he was Mentioned in Despatches and on the 28 th Nov 1944 awarded the C.B.E. On the 28 th May 1946, he was listed in the London Gazette as having been awarded the American “Legion of Merit”, Degree of Legionnaire.
A nice original WW2 period officers cap, very interesting research project.
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