An original 1944 Dated US Navy Type N-3 HBT cap in a size 7 1/8.
Introduced as part of the HBT uniform in 1943 these caps saw issue during the Second World War with shore parties, construction battalions, amphibious units, combat, and security units amongst others.
It closely resembles the AAF A-3 Cap but doesn’t have the external AAF logo and has a reinforced peak which was flexible and meant it could be worn up or down.
Inside the cap still retains its original markings which are still clear and bright. The USN contract number is present and reads NZsx-74662. Below this the size is marked as 7 1/8.
The condition of the cap is reasonable for its age but it has seen a fair amount of use and us sun faded. There are also some rust spots as can be seen in the pictures. Overall the hat is sound and displays well.
A good original and worn example of an N3 cap.