Original 1945 Dated British Army Jungle Service Hat - Size 7 1/4

Original 1945 Dated British Army Jungle Service Hat - Size 7 1/4

Code: 55315

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An original 1945 Dated British Army Jungle Service Hat in deadstock, unworn condition.

This style of cap was trialed with the British Army in the late 1930s but did not re-appear until the end of the Second World War. This style proved extremely popular in the Post-War years with many armies, often being referred to as 'Boonie' hats. The cap is made from cotton drill and features a stitched brim designed to keep out the sun and rain. It is fitted with brass vents around the top and loops are fitted to the side through which materials can be placed to aid in camouflage. 

Inside the cap the original markings are still present and are bright and legible. The maker's name of 'M. Doniger LTD' is present as is the 1945 date, the size of 7 1/4 and the War Department broad arrow. There is also a War Department acceptance stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'Z' which confirms the year of issue as 1945. 

The hat is in excellent condition with no signs of previous wear or use. It could be described as 'New Old Stock' or 'Deadstock' and would be very hard to better. Please take time to study the pictures however and bear in mind that this is a vintage, pre-owned item which may have small flaws commensurate with age. 

A nice original example which is in excellent condition and with strong, bright markings to the interior.