A rare original first pattern Auxiliary Territorial Service Peaked cap dated 1944.
This cap is instantly recognisable as a first pattern example as the chin strap is made from the same barathea serge material as the rest of the cap. This was changed for a leather chin strap early in the war making these first pattern examples sought after today. It is to be assumed that the maker, J. Collett, did not change to the austerity pattern but carried on making these first pattern caps, as this example is dated 1944.
The hat features a rayon lining as is standard with issue caps and a soft, stitched peak - yet another trait of the early pattern caps. There is a single metal grommet to the right hand side of the cap and a brass ATS cap badge is fitted to the front.
The original label is still present to the interior and bears the maker's name of 'J. Collett Ltd', the 1944 date and the size of 6 3/4. There is also a War Department acceptance stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'M' which confirms the year of issue as 1944.
The condition of the hat is very good overall and it displays extremely well. The serge still has plenty of its nap and the interior only shows limited signs of wear. There is some soiling to the interior from wear which is to be expected. Please study the pictures and remember that this is an issued, pre-worn item of 80 years old.
Issue example first pattern caps are very rare to find today making this particularly desirable.
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