An original Women's Royal Naval Service Ratings cap clearly dated 1944.
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 W.R.N.S 'floppy' style hat. It differs from the men's cap as the crown is not stiffened. The hat is made from the regulation colour of serge wool and features a leather sweatband to the interior.
The hat is fitted with an HMS President gold wire ribbon, or cap tally which identifies this as the original owners station. HMS President was a 'stone frigate' or Shore Establishment on the banks of the River Thames near Tower Bridge in Wapping.
The internal sweatband features the makers name of 'James Forsyth (St. Albans) Ltd' and the date of 1944. The size of 6 7/8 is marked in ink and the original owner has marked her name which reads 'Cumming B M' which may be researchable.
The cap is in very good condition and displays extremely well. It only shows limited signs of wear and use with the only small floor being a very small moth nip to the top as is detailed in the pictures.
A fine example of a Wrens cap, complete with a clear date. This would be hard to better!