An original 1952 Dated Royal Air Force officers beret in a size 7 1/4.
The RAF started to issue Berets in place of the Field Service cap towards the end of the war. They became a popular choice throughout the 1950s and 1960s for officers and can be seen in many period photographs.
The beret is spun from an RAF blue coloured wool and features a leather headband. A beret size King's crown cap badge is fitted to the front of the hat and the interior is lined in cotton drill. The original manufacturer's markings can be found inside the cap along with the 1952 date, size of 7 1/4 and the War Department broad arrow marking.
The overall condition of the hat is good and it displays well. There are two small moth nips and a light moth track as can be seen in picture 5.
A nice original beret from the immediate post-war period.
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