An original WRNS Rating cap dating from the Second World War and featuring an HMS Drake Cap Tally.
This pattern of cap was introduced in mid-1942 and saw widespread issue throughout the rest of the war within the service. Modelled on the men's ratings hat it replaced the earlier pattern WRNS 'floppy' style hat. It differs from the men's cap as the crown is not stiffened and is in fact quilted on the inside. The hat is made from the regulation colour of serge wool and features a leather sweatband to the interior.
The cap is fitted with an original HMS Drake cap tally. What is interesting is that all but the first two letters of the word 'Drake' have been covered. For security reasons plain HMS cap tallys were meant to be worn during the war so perhaps this was an effort to conform to that regulation? The black coloured cotton tape chin strap is also still present.
The hat is approximately a size 7.
The cap is in well worn condition but still displays well. There is some staining, particularly to the interior and some light damage to the exterior. Please study the pictures before purchasing.
All in all a good original example of this rare pattern of hat. It would make a great addition to any WW2 collection!
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