WW2 Auxiliary Territorial Service peak cap.
This is a typical example of the service headdress worn by Other Ranks of the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS), featuring the standard leather chinstrap, attached by large white buttons, and metal buckles. The cap badge is brass and slides onto the cap. It is a small size perhaps reflecting the slanted style in which many ladies chose to wear their caps. As you can see from the peak this example is named.
The ATS was created in 1938 to offer non-combatant roles in the army to women, such as drivers, or anti-aircraft gunners. For more information please visit this informative website.
WW2 Australian Colonel / Brigadier's Service cap.
Whilst similar in style to those used by the British, this Colonel / Brigadier's Service cap features the unique Australian Military Forces side buttons. The cap is made from cloth and leather.
WW2 British Royal Army Pay Corps. Service cap.
An early Second World War Royal Army Pay Corps. Officer's Service cap. This particular example has been made from fine felt and comes from a prestigious tailors, Gieves Ltd. Which would suggest that the Officer either used it as his best cap or spent the majority of his time at a desk.
WW2 British Royal Artillery Service cap.
This RA Officer's Service cap is typical of most caps encountered, being made from barathea cloth with a bronze badge as opposed to the browned example above. As with all such caps, it features a brown leather chinstrap.
For an overview of British peak cap ranks please see here.
WW2 British Royal Tank regiment Beret.
The iconic black beret of the Royal Tank Regiment was adopted in the 1920s and remains their trademark colour today. During the Second World War the black beret was worn by the RTR, as well as other armoured units. This particular exhibit dates to 1944.
2000s British Royal Army Chaplain's Department Dress beret.
A typical RAChD dress beret. As opposed to the SD cap and Dress cap the beret was worn "in the field" and on operations, as is the case with this example. It is dark blue with an embriodered Queen's Crown badge on the Chaplain's purple ground.
2000s British Officer's United Nations Dress beret.
An Officer's blue United Nations beret, fitted with a goldwire and white thread UN device. Worn by members of the British Army on peace keeping missions and UN operations.
See our Austrian example for comparison.
1960's Royal Household Senior Warden's Dress cap.
This exhibit was worn by a warden of the Royal Household. It features the Queen's cypher as the cap badge and its buttons display the royal warrant. It is very similar in style and construction to a military officer's dress cap, while the peak suggests a senior rank of status to standard Warden caps, such as those worn at Windsor Castle.
The main role of Royal Wardens are to act as guides and first point of contact at the various Royal palaces, castles and residences.