An original Royal Navy Blue Cloth Winter Cap dating from the Second World War and fitted with an HMS Indefatigable Cap Tally.
This pattern of cap was introduced in 1932 for wear in the winter months and any other times that the white duck cap was not to be worn. This pattern was replaced in September 1945 by the oval shape cap meaning this is almost certainly a wartime example. The cap has been shaped as was popular giving it a more oval shape when viewed from above but is the actually the wartime oval shape when pushed back into its original position.
The hat is made from a navy blue coloured serge wool and features a stiff construction. The interior is lined and a pair of brass grommets are fitted to each side of the cap. The original maker's label is present and states the manufacturer as 'J. Compton Sons & Webb Ltd' who were a prolific manufacturer of headwear for the forces during the mid Century period.
The cap is fitted with an original HMS Indefatigable cap tally. HMS Indefatigable was an implacable-class Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier which served in the last two years of the war making several attacks on the Tirpitz as well as taking part in various actions in the Pacific Theatre.
The cap is in good condition as can be seen in the pictures. There are some signs of age, wear and use but overall it displays well.
A nice original WW2 Royal Navy Able Seaman's cap which would make a good addition to any collection.
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