A Very Nice Example of An Early Issue Ordinary Ranks (OR’s) Beret to the Newly Formed: Women’s Royal Army Corps (WRAC). External: One Piece Woven Wool Body in Dark Bottle Green. Black Leather Head / Sweat Band with Drawstring / Ribbon tied in a Bow at the Rear / 6 o’clock Position. Interior: Lined in Black Cotton. Makers Mark, Printed in White Paint Reads: 7 ¼ over Supax Manufacturing Co. Ltd over War Department (W D) Broad Arrow over 1953. WD Stamp in White Reads: M over W Broad Arrow D over ? (Possibly an 8) 0 4. Compete with a Black Cotton Covered Buckram Stiffened Badge Backing at the 1 o’clock Position, also the 2 x Air Holes / Vents / Eyelets & Black Leather Protector on the RHS / 9 o’clock Position. Also A Quality Fitted / Constructed Beech Brown Pear Shaped Badge Backing / Holder. c.1953. Insignia: Within Two Sprays of Laurel Leaves tied at the Bottom in a Bow, A Lioness Rampant Facing Left as Viewed from the Front. Surmounted by a Kings / Tudor / Imperial Crown. Die Struck in Bi Metal. Voided. Slider. c.1949 – 54. KK 2189.

Notes: Berets: 1924: The Black Military Beret was approved (Practical Headdress inside a Tank). Inspired by the Basque Beret worn by French Troops.19th Century Chasseurs d’Alpine 19th Century. 1932 11th Hussars (As an Armoured Car Regt) permitted to adopt a Ginger – Brown / Crushed Strawberry Beret with a Crimson Headband. 1943 Commandos (Green) Airborne (Maroon). 1950’s Navy Blue Berets for Wear with Battle Dress.

Notes: 1938 (09Sep) ATS Formed [Royal Warrant] Woman’s Branch of the British Army during WW2. 1949 (01Feb) Women’s Royal Army Corps (WRAC) “Wracs” Formed [Army Order 6 of 1949]. Roots WAAC 1917 – 21. Other Woman’s Services / Units: Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps (Q.A.R.A.N.C.). First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (F.A.N.Y.).

Dimensions: Size: 7. (56). Badge Backing: 66 mm x 47 mm. Badge: 38 mm x 28 mm.

Imperfections: Slight Mothing, See Pics.
Code: 50889Price: 35.00 GBP

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