ORIGINAL U.S. WWII USAAF OFFICER WOOL CRUSHER CAP BY LUXENBERG OF NEW YORK  

$250.00
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SKU
O642

WW2 US OFFICER'S CRUSHER CAP ARMY AIR CORPS 

 

The USAAF visor cap is complete and in good used condition. Has typical marks from use. The leather sweatband is in good condition, supple and complete and the underside label is marked with Luxenberg of NEW YORK CITY.  The sweatband also features a gold wash embossed Luxenberg gold maker mark stamp. The leather visor and chin strap are in good condition.

This peaked cap features a gold metal USAAF OFFICER'S CAP BADGE over a leather visor.

The cap is size 7 1/8 .

This is the classic "bomber pilot" headgear, worn by USAAF pilots in Europe and the Pacific and was the standard Army/AAF officer dress cap, worn by pilots and non-pilots alike, but pilots gave this cap their own unique twist. Normally, this cap had stiffeners as a support piece behind the cap device and a wire around the inside top perimeter to maintain the cap's round shape. These kept the cap in its proper, regulation military shape and angle. However, since bomber pilots wore headsets over their caps during flights, they would remove the wire stiffener to make headset wear more comfortable, causing the sides of the caps to become crushed. Eventually, the caps retained their floppy "crushed" look, giving the pilot who wore it the look of a seasoned veteran.

The crusher cap identified its wearer as an experienced pro, and was as much a part of his identity as his leather flight jacket. The crush cap look quickly became popular with ground army officers and general officers.

 

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SKU O642
Weight 0.501000
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