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    Captain Birdseye Gieves & Hawkes Royal Navy Cap

    Captain Birdseye Gieves & Hawkes Royal Navy Cap

    $680 (approx conversion from £495)

    Item details

    An extremely important part of British history. Acquired near the estate of John Hewer - the original Captain Birdeye.

    This cap was manufactured by Gieves & Hawkes, the premier tri-service tailors. A sensible choice for the Captain as it was THE go-to Royal Navy tailors with their branches all the way to Portsmouth to Savile Row. To this day, many sailors and naval commanders choose Gieves as their outfitters.

    The cap itself is a historic replica of the hat that was worn by Admiral Sir Arthur Cavenagh Leveson GCB when he was serving as a gunnery lieutenant on the HMS Victoria. She sank after she collided with HMS Camperdown near Tripoli, Lebanon in 1893. This 1893 model Royal Navy cap then became a token of the British sailing past, cementing itself as the standard choice of headpiece for yachtsmen. Gieves also sold a lot of leisure yachtsmen boating caps alongside their Royal Navy caps.

    The condition of the cap is quite good. It clearly has been worn and the inner plastic diamond sealant has cracked but the beautiful ultramarine Gieves label is still protected. Size is a generous 7 3/8 (60cm) circumference and displays really well. It's a great conversation piece. 

    Birdseye killed off Captain Birdseye temporarily in 1971 but he was brought back after 1974. I think the cap was commissioned for Hewer's renewed tenure as Captain Birdseye in the late 70s/early 80s.

    The current sale price was the figure I was given when discussing this cap with a major TV/Film memorabilia auctioneer (PropStore). I am going with their judgement.

    Code
    MZ33491
    Period
    Late 20th Century
    Nationality
    British

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