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I recently picked up this cap for about $45 and was hoping y’all could tell me a bit about it?

 

There are a few stamps, one looks like a manufacturer stamp but it’s a bit too faded to read.

The second I thought might be a laundry stamp?

 

Any info would be great, thanks guys!

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This appears to be a standard, WWII army enlisted man's visor cap. It could have been issued to a soldier in any of the army branches- AAF, armor, infantry, etc...

 

Allan


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This appears to be a standard, WWII army enlisted man's visor cap. It could have been issued to a soldier in any of the army branches- AAF, armor, infantry, etc...

 

Allan

Thank you for the info!

 

A few questions for you:

 

1. By “enlisted man” would that be non-officers?

 

2. Is it possible to tell if this cap is WWII era or post WWII?

 

3. What is the “K-“ number in the cap? It seems to be stamped and written in.

 

 

Thanks again!

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To answer your questions-

1) Yes. Non officers. Officer's caps have a woven band around the base of the cap and a larger eagle device.

 

2) The cap is WWII era. It predates the 1947 pattern cap. The pre-war enlisted visor cap had a darker bill and chinstrap.

 

3) The "K" number is the soldier's laundry mark. K would be the first letter of his last name and the four numbers would be the last four digits of his serial number.

 

Allan


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To answer your questions-

1) Yes. Non officers. Officer's caps have a woven band around the base of the cap and a larger eagle device.

 

2) The cap is WWII era. It predates the 1947 pattern cap. The pre-war enlisted visor cap had a darker bill and chinstrap.

 

3) The "K" number is the soldier's laundry mark. K would be the first letter of his last name and the four numbers would be the last four digits of his serial number.

 

Allan

Great to know, thank you so much for taking time to answer!

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So close but so far! Would have been cool to have the last name written on the cap or something.

 

Thank you

 

Sometimes you can cross-reference where you found the cap with the enlistments from that area and get lucky. But without a last name it will be difficult to determine 100%.


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garret for your reference, these are the Post WWII Service Caps, the M1947 Pattern.

 

http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/229711-1947-pattern-army-em-service-cap-frames-new-in-box/

 

Patches,

 

That was a great thread, thank you! I’m glad the photos from 2015 survived the photobucket change.

 

Really cool seeing them NOS out of the wrap like that!

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