Posted 4 years ago
A very nice and rare visor cap that was originally worn by a Lord Lieutenant of a Welsh County during WWII.
The visor cap is in pretty good condition for its age. On the peak part of the visor, it sports gold leaf embroidery. A very fine blackened leather strap sits nicely on the cap, and above that is an embroidered badge with Prince of Wale's Feathers on it, to each side of the lower part of the badge is words. It says interestingly enough in German, "ICH DIEM" - "I serve". Sitting on the cap is a khaki cap cover that was put on the cap during WWII. The khaki cover certainly adds character to the cap and I personally really like it. To the side of the cap holding the leather strap into place on each side are blackened buttons with a King's Crown surrounded by laurels, I believe that is a General's Staff button, as seen on uniforms and headgear of High Ranking British Officers, and British officials such as Lord Lieutenants.
To the interior of the cap it is in good condition, the cap is made by "Jones Chalk & Dawson" based in London. Also a King's Crown to the maker's label on the interior, dating the cap likely to WWII.
In the United Kingdom, a Deputy Lieutenant is a Crown appointment and one of several deputies to the Lord Lieutenant of a lieutenancy area: an English ceremonial county, Welsh preserved county, Scottish lieutenancy area, or Northern Irish county borough or county. Deputy Lieutenants are nominated by the Lord Lieutenant, to assist with any duties as may be required. Deputy Lieutenants receive their commission of appointment via the appropriate HM Government Minister by command of The Queen. One of the serving Deputy Lieutenants is appointed to be Vice-Lieutenant, who in most circumstances will stand in for the Lord Lieutenant when he or she cannot be present. The appointment as Vice-Lieutenant does, however, expire on the retirement of the Lord Lieutenant who made the choice. Generally, the Vice-Lieutenant would then revert to Deputy Lord Lieutenant. Unlike the office of Lord Lieutenant, which is an appointment in the gift of the Sovereign, the position of Deputy Lieutenant is an appointment of the Sovereign's appointee, namely the Government or the Crown, and therefore not strictly speaking a direct appointment of the Sovereign.
Overall a super nice condition and rare cap to a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of a Welsh County during WWII.