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Catalog Number 2016.001.055
Description Raychem Black Baseball Cap, c. 1957-1999. Black fabric hat in a baseball cap style. The U-shaped bill is a rigid material covered in black and red fabric. The top of the bill is covered in black fabric with black stitching and the bottom is covered in red fabric with red stitching. The hat dome is made of six triangular black fabric panels. The two front panels have white embroidery text across the middle. The backside of the embroidery can be seen on the inside of the hat. One front panel has a small rectangular black patch stitched to the bottom right corner. The patch has "Raychem" embroidered in red. Towards the top of each panel is a circular eyelet wrapped in black thread. At the very top of the dome is a round hard button covered in black fabric. The two back panels have a black fabric patch sewn in the center of them. The patch is rectangular and black with white embroidered text. The back two panels have a semi-circle cut out. At the bottom of the cut out is a strip for adjusting size. The strip is black fabric with a red fabric edge. One end is sewn onto the hat the other end goes through a rectangular metal clamp and into the hat through an oblong metal grommet. Sewn along inner edge is a broad black strip. Sewn onto the strip are two black fabric tags. The tags are rectangular and folded in half to form loops. One tag has white embroidery and the other has red embroidery. Three thinner strips of fabric are sewn along the seams of the triangular panels. At the top of the hat, where the thinner strips meet is a metal disk.
Object Name Cap, Baseball
Collection 3D - Clothing
Title Raychem Black Baseball Cap, c. 1957-1999
Date c. 1957-1999
Creator Kingcap, The Netherlands
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "STEP INTO THE / FUTURE WITH US, / ONCE AGAIN" (embroidered in white thread on front of hat); "Raychem" (embroidered in red thread on rectangular patch on front); "PENTAIR" (embroidered in white thread on rectangular patch on back); "KING / CAP R / ART N.R. 48S / MADE IN CHINA / LOT Nr.:JF-08-13 / Kingcap R / de Reulver 102, / Enschede / The Netherlands" (embroidered in white thread on broader black tag); "FAIR / WEAR / FOUNDATION" (embroidered in red thread on narrower black tag).
Notes "In a major move in 2012, Pentair Inc. (PNR) and Tyco International Ltd. (TYC)’s flow control business formally combined to create Pentair Ltd. The new company is described as a global manufacturer of 'water and fluid solutions, valves and controls, equipment protection and thermal management products.'" Pentair sells Raychem brand products.
[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentair 2/3/2016]

Kingcap® is a hat company based in the Netherlands.
"Kingcap® is a participant of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). This means that Kingcap® is committed to fair labour conditions in the factories where the caps are produced... Participating companies endorse this Code of Conduct and are actively committed to monitor the labour conditions of their producers and improve them if necessary. FWF verifies this."
[http://www.kingcap.nl/index.php/en/ 2/3/2016]

"Raychem was founded on January 1, 1957. It grew rapidly by creating proprietary new products based on Radiation processing of polymers to meet critical and difficult industry needs for electrical circuit integrity in harsh environments. Included in these initial products were irradiated wire insulation and heat shrinkable tubing. Markets included Aerospace, Military, Automotive, Telecommunications and Electrical Power Generation markets.
"In 1968, Raychem acquired Chemelex leading Raychem to extend its radiation polymer processing technology to polymers filled with conductive carbon creating a family of "Self Limiting Heaters". This technology was further extended to produce resettable switches forming the enabling technology for the "Polyswitch" Division.
"As Raychem grew into a world class Material Science Company, additional technologies explored, developed and taken to market were Heat Recoverable Metals, Piezoelectric Materials (Elographics), Silicone Gels (Geltek) and Liquid Crystals (Taliq).
"Each year, Raychem devoted between 8 and 10 percent of sales into Research and Development resulting in thousands of new products based on the technologies listed above. Research and Product Development labaratories, in addition to Menlo Park and Redwood City were established in Swindon, UK, Kessel-Lo, Belgium, Ottobrunn, Germany, Pontois, France and Japan.
"Manning these laboratories were an extremely creative and talented group of scientists and engineers who found innovative ways to use technologies to create new products."
[http://blog.heatshrinksleeves.com/2015/09/raychem-history.html 12/31/2015]
Dimensions H-6 W-7 D-11 inches
Search Terms Accessories
Baseball
Clothing
Companies
Hat
Menlo Park
Raychem
Subjects Baseball
Clothing & dress
Hats