Named WWII U.S. Navy Aviation Captain’s Visor Cap
The green wool visor cap shows some spots and signs of age but it is in overall very good condition. The front of the cap displays a hand embroidered, bullion Navy officer insignia. The visor exhibits hand embroidered bullion oak leaves of a senior ranks officer. The interior of the cap shows signs of use. The sweatband is marked “This Zephyr you can pack” (The “Zephyr” was a model of military visor cap manufactured by the Bancroft Company, and which was designed to be collapsible for easier packing). Beneath the sweat shield is the personal card of Captain Elliott Murray West of the United States Navy. A handwritten notation on the card reads “Bu Weps Rep Dallas Texas”, presumably indicating that Captain West was assigned as a representative of the Navy Aviation branch to the “Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant” in Dallas, were where the U.S. military crafted fighter planes during both World War II and the Cold War.