Original Pre-WWII Philippine Islands Constabulary Officers Visor Cap by BRIROX c. 1930 - size 6 3/4
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice Pre-WWII Visor Cap, made during the 1930s in Manila for the Philippine Islands Constabulary. It has the correct cap shield on the front, with the emblem of the P C over a banner reading PHILIPPINE ISLANDS. Founded in 1901, the Philippine Constabulary existed continuously until 1993. They fought with U.S. Forces during WWII, and many fought in the Battle of Bataan, where many died and more were captured, and then forced to go on the "Bataan Death March". After liberation, they were one of the primary forces for restoring peace and order.
The crown lining is light purple rayon fabric, pleated around the edges with a central oval that has the manufacturer information:
Correct Style & Quality
BRIAS ROXAS, INC.
63 TO 67 ESCOLTA
The design is similar to most Visor caps of the time, with a khaki body and wide cap band, bordered by red piping. There originally was a crown stiffener inside the top, but it has broken, and no longer supports the edges, though it still is present inside the crown between the inner and outer layers. It is marked in several places with 21 1/4, for the circumference in inches, which is about a size 6 3/4.
The leather sweatband is supple and complete, though the stitching at the back has split. There is also some cracking at the edge on one side. The peak / visor is black patent leather over a fiber support, which has some degradation on the top. The finish on patent leather often "melts" over time, as this one has. The gold bullion officer's chin strap is in good shape, with a lovely color.
This cap really is in very good condition, with light wear from age and use. It is definitely substantially made, and of very high quality. Ready to display, or even wear!
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