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Information about that sailor's hat?

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


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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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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.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/197371-basic-usn-uniform-question-what-are-the-loops-for-in-navy-caps/

 

http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/194057-dyed-usn-dixie-cup/

 

 

RC


"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."

*Sherlock Holmes in "A Scandal in Bohemia"*

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