This cap badge is from the first cap worn by Liverpool pilot HJ Evans in 1885. Evans was born in 1865 and first licensed as a pilot in 1889. He would have first worn the cap and cap badge in his time as an apprentice aged 20. The cap badge features the white over red pilot flag and above it the letters 'MDHB'. This stands for the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board, formed in 1858 to run the Port of Liverpool. The MDHB became the pilotage authority, who devolved their powers to the Pilotage Committee.
HJ Evans retired from the service in 1919, he died in 1938.