A hard to find original Second World War pattern RAF Ordinary Airman's beret in a size 7 1/4.
This pattern of beret was introduced in 1943. It has a notably different construction to later berets being made from separate panels of serge rather than spun wool. The hat is made from RAF coloured blue grey serge and features a leather sweatband, metal ventilation grommets and two holes where a cap badge was previously fitted.
The interior of the beret is lined with RAF blue grey coloured cotton drill. The original white markings are still present to the interior, most of which are still legible. The title of 'Beret, Cloth, Blue Grey' is present below which is the RAF stores number. The maker's name of 'J. Compton Sons & Webb' is also present as is the size of 7 1/4 and the War Department broad arrow marking. There is also a War Department acceptance stamp which is hard to read as well as a possible date of 1949.
The beret is in good condition with some signs of wear and age. Overall it displays well but please study the pictures before purchasing and bear in mind that this is a vintage, pre-worn item which many have small flaws commensurate with age.
A nice and hard to find WW2 pattern beret.