U.S. Navy Cap Ribbons
By Patrick McSherry
to compare with Spanish Navy Cap Ribbons
This is a view of a typical naval cap ribbon, also known as
a cap tally or a hat band, which was worn on the Navy blue "flat hat."
According to the 1897 regulations, cap ribbons were to be constructed from
silk ribbon, 1 1/2" wide. The name of a sailor's ship was to appear on
the band on 1/2" block letters. The letters were to be either woven with
very fine gilt thread or were painted using gold paint. Length will vary.
Those below vary in length between 33.75" and 37".
This is a cap ribbon for the USS
MIANTONOMOH, one of the navy's remaining monitors at the time of the
Spanish American War...and the slowest ship in the U.S. Navy.
This is the cap ribbon from the U.S. old sidewheel
steamer MONOCACY, which was part of Dewey's
This is the painted version of a cap ribbon from
the USS CULGOA, a supply ship
To the left is the painted version on one of the letters.
To the right is the woven version of the same letter.
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