An original Women's Auxiliary Air Force Peaked cap which dates from the Second World War.
This cap belonged to 482105 Rosemary Frances Mears who served in the WAAF during WW2. She enlisted in Gloucester in 1943 and this is most probably the cap she received when she joined up.
This pattern of cap saw issue throughout WW2 and is similar in design to other caps designed for other women's services. It features an RAF blue grey coloured saxony wool crown, black patent leather peak with green underside and a rayon lining. A black mohair band is fitted around the circumference of the hat through which a brass King's crown RAF cap badge is fitted. There is also a black patent leather chin strap fitted to the front of the cap.
Inside the cap the original manufacturer's markings are no longer present but the original owner has marked her name and serial number which offers the prospect of further research.
The cap is in worn, salty condition and clearly saw plenty of action during the war. There are a couple of small moth nips which are illustrated in the pictures and one of the brass grommets is missing as detailed in picture 6. Overall it is a solid cap and has an authentic, 'been there' look to it.
The cap will suit a size 6 7/8 - 7 head.
A nice original wartime cap which would make a good addition to any wartime collection.
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