An original 1942 Dated British Army Field Service Cap clearly dated 1942 and in an extra large size 7 7/8!
This pattern of cap came into issue with the British Army shortly before the beginning of the Second World War and saw use throughout the conflict. It was replaced by the General Service Cap in 1943 but remains an iconic piece of British Headwear today.
This cap is the largest I have ever come across and is a rare item due to its size. The interior of the cap is marker with the makers name ‘J. Collet Ltd’, the 1942 date and the size which is 7 7/8. The War Department broad arrow marking is also present as is usually the case with these markings.
A second stamp is also present which is the War Department Issue stamp. This is made up of the War Department broad arrow surround by the letters ‘WD’ and surmounted by the letter ‘O’ which denotes the year of issue as 1942.
The cap is in excellent condition as can be seen in the pictures. There are no real signs of wear although there are a few marks to the interior. A hole has been added to the front of the cap to support a cap badge which is of course quite normal. Overall it displays very well.
Altogether a very nice cap in a very hard to find extra large size. This would make a great addition to a collection or could suit a re-enactor.