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WWII Welsh County Deputy Lord Lieutenant's Visor Cap

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    Posted 4 years ago

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    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.

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    1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
      Great addition to your collection. Bet you didn't get that at a boot sale.
    2. BlackWatch BlackWatch, 4 years ago

      Many thanks yet again for your kind comment my friend. I actually got this cap from eBay of all places, but this is for sure a real deal item, not an eBay fake. It was originally listed as an "unknown Welsh Regiment Boer War-WWI Cap" or something along those lines, but I had it identified and I am pleased with what it turned out to be. I really liked the overall look of this cap and I too think it is a great addition to the collection.

      Best regards,

    3. elanski elanski, 4 years ago
      Wonderful item. Is it definitely WW2? just has the look of something older about it.
    4. BlackWatch BlackWatch, 4 years ago

      I personally think it's late WWII period but I could be wrong. I do agree it has a real aged look to it, something that is even more apparent when you are holding it in person. Khaki covers are also more common circa WWI period but some were still used in the WWII period. I will look into a bit more but I still believe that it is probably WWII period. Thank you for your kind comment.

      Best regards,

    5. Britishmilitarycaps, 4 years ago
      Beautiful cap and in great condition. What ismthe lining like? I would say it dates to WW1 or early interwar as the chinstrap is rather narrow compared to later periods. Also the peak appears smaller.
    6. BlackWatch BlackWatch, 4 years ago

      Sorry for the late reply. Thank you for your kind comment. Lining is in good condition, it has the maker, "Jones Chalk & Dawson" based in London, with a King's Crown. I agree, it could be earlier, perhaps WWI period because of the chinstrap, and because khaki covers were more common back then I was told. It has an older, more aged look to it as well.

      Thank you very much.

      Best regards,


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