Extremely Rare National Guard Bureau cap insignia on profusely identified service dress cap from WWII.
I checked many sources, and references and can’t find an example of a National Guard Bureau cap insignia. Collar insignia are well documented, and photography shows most NGB officers wearing standard Eagle cap insignia.
The cap is well stamped to James W. Williams, on the inside crown and under the sweat band. I found one listing for Williams in a 1941 National Guard officer register; James W. Williams, 0-370867 1st Lieutenant, Camp Barkeley, Texas. Whether or not this cap insignia was made for just a few number of officers in one location or made singularly for Williams is not known. I am assuming this is quite rare!
The eagle is 2 inches high, with screw back post and two anchoring pins. No markings but will cast. The hat shows that on other insignia was on this cap.
The cap is well marked to the contract with the Army, SOLBRASIA UNIFORM CAP CORP., contract 5/11/42 (see photo).
In fine condition with only two small moth holes.
Size is 7 1/8.
Most likely the only one you’ll see.