An original Second World War period British Royal Navy Commanders hat which was made by 'Gieves'.
This pattern of cap was worn by Commodores Second Class, Captains and Commanders for many years. This example dates from around the time of the Second World War and clearly saw plenty of wear although it has survived well. It is made from a black coloured melton wool which is soft to the touch. It is fitted with a pattern 47 cap badge which is bullion and features a king's crown. The original black coloured patent leather chin strap is also still present as is the bullion to the peak. The underside of the peak is green rexine which is an attribute often associated with early war manufactured caps.
Inside the cap there is a leather sweatband and the crown is lined in a black coloured cotton drill. The original maker's label is affixed to this and bears the maker's name of 'Gieves'.
The cap measures 22" around the inside circumference so is a UK size 7. It feels larger though so should fit up to a size 7 1/8.
The cap is in good condition with a nice 'salty' look which is typical of used Royal Navy caps. It has been well looked after and there is no damage to the melton wool and overall the cap displays very well. There is a small pull to the bullion on the cap badge which is visible in the pictures. Please take time to study these and bear in mind that it is a vintage, pre-worn item which may have small issues commensurate with age.
Altogether a fine example of a WW2 period cap which is in very nice condition.