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#1 Flip74

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Posted 29 April 2016 - 12:59 AM

Gentlemen,

Last weekend I bought this sailor's hat on a french flea market. I was told it's from WW2 era. Is this correct?

 

Can I find somewhere some information regarding its former wearer Mettz 247 0649? Would be great to find the story behind this hat and how it came to Alsace/France...

 

Thank you for your support

Philipp

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Posted 29 April 2016 - 04:30 AM

Doubt the hat is WW2. The stencil was done with a modern stencil penciled. The 247 is his recruit company number. The other number is the last four numbers of his social security number, which replaced the serial number around 1971.

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Posted 29 April 2016 - 04:57 AM

Turn the size tag over and there should be a contract number on the other side that should back up what Steve says. 



#4 Flip74

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Posted 05 May 2016 - 10:44 AM

Thank you both!

There's indeed a number that unfortunately I cannot read.

 

I'm not too much disappointed since I didn't pay too much (10 EUR = 12 USD). It was worth that try...

 

Best regards

Philipp



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Posted 05 May 2016 - 04:35 PM

Hi Philipp, 

 

 

One feature that might help you in the future is the cloth tag (which was actually an evolution of a cloth loop used to secure the hat with a clothestop to a line after laundering); the loop in your cap is extra long and should date to the 1970s and later. Please see these two threads for more information. 

 

http://www.usmilitar...r-in-navy-caps/

 

http://www.usmilitar...-usn-dixie-cup/

 

 

RC



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Posted 09 May 2016 - 05:59 AM

Great information! Thank you!!

Philipp




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