Aviation Squadron Uniform
While this was sold as a set – jersey and trousers – when I received them, it was clear that these two pieces were mismatched. Without provenance from the veteran (the original owner), it is impossible to know if these two pieces were ever worn together or if the set was assembled by a picker. The jersey design shows that it dates from World War II. Lacking any historical data or photographs, I believe that this uniform was used by a tenant naval aviation squadron that was assigned to a non-air station shore command. Based upon the colors of the lettering and numeral along with the traditional navy colors of blue and gold (as seen on the soutache), I have no doubts as to the navy baseball team usage.
- Buttons: The buttons are dark gray-colored plastic, concave, four-hole.
- Material: The base material is road gray wool-flannel.
- Soutache: A double line of two-color (gold over navy blue) rayon material that encircles the collar and down the placket. The single line soutache is on the sleeve cuffs.
- Lettering: Lightweight blue athletic felt script lettering spelling out the team name on two separate lines.
- Numerals: Heavy blue athletic felt digit “8” is centered on the back.
- Sleeves: Ten-twelve inches, non-gusseted with black cuff bands.
- Tag: “Playfair Sporting Goods Mfg. Co.” is sewn inside and below the back of the collar.
- Buttons: Gray-colored plastic, concave, four-hole buttons (similar to those on the jersey). Also present is an olive green rayon draw string fastener sewn inside the waistband.
- Material: The base material is road gray wool-flannel with blue pinstripes.
- Soutache: A one-inch wide, gold over navy blue rayon vertical stripe running from the waistband down the outer seam of the trousers.
- Tags: None.
- Other Features: The trousers have been modified with zippers extending from the cuffs of the pant-legs, upward approximately 16 inches which help to provide a slimmer fit appearance over the wearer’s legs.
Research is currently pending. As of yet, I have been entirely unsuccessful in discovering any archival data or photographic evidence regarding any historical context. (see WWII Navy Baseball Uniforms: Preserving the Ones That Got Away for more details).
*This uniform group is presently a part of VetCollector’s collection.