Original Japanese WWII Unissued Army Late Pattern Forage Cap with Paper Tag - dated 1943
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a lovely unissued example of a late war pattern Imperial Japanese Army forage cap. It is made of a very course cloth, which looks to be very similar to the "papercloth" used on WWI German "Ersatz" canteen covers. It is not soft, and the interior is made of the same material woven differently. The sweatband looks to be pressed paper faux leather, as does the chin strap on the front of the cap. The front features a lovely yellow felt five-pointed imperial Japanese star cap badge with a green pentagon background, made from standard cloth.
The interior crown bears Kanji ink stamps, which would indicate size and production information. There is also a clear 1943 date in the center column: 昭 和 十 八 年, which would be read: SHOWA (current reigning emperor) Juu Hachi Nen (18th year of reign - 1943). The size seems to be around 59cm, which is one of the numbers marked on the original paper label still attached to the interior of the cap
All in all an excellent unissued example of a late WW2 Japanese forage cap. Quality items of this kind are very rarely encountered.
Forage cap is the designation given to various types of military undress, fatigue or working headwear. These varied widely in form, according to country or period. The coloured peaked cap worn by the modern British Army for parade and other dress occasions is still officially designated as a forage cap.
In the 18th century, forage caps were small cloth caps worn by British cavalrymen when undertaking work duties such as foraging for food for their horses. The term was later applied to undress caps worn by men of all branches and regiments as a substitute for the full dress headdress.
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