An original 1945 dated large size 7 5/8 British Army General Service Cap, often referred to as a ‘beret’, made from serge wool.
This pattern of hat came into issue with the British Army in 1943 and replaced the Field Service Cap. It saw widespread issue with the British Army for the rest of the war and is now synonymous with the British Tommy in Normandy, Belgium, Holland and Germany in 1944-45.
This particular example is fitted with a wartime pattern Royal Signals cap badge. The interior is lined with cotton and features the original maker's name of 'S. & P. Harris Ltd Glasgow' along with the 1945 date, War Department broad arrow marking and the size of 7 5/8.
The exterior of the cap is in excellent condition as can be seen in the pictures. There is one small hole as illustrated but on the whole it displays well. Please take time to study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that this is a vintage, pre-worn item which may have small flaws commensurate with age.
All in all a very good example of a wartime GS Beret in great condition and a large hard to find size.
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