U.S. Navy Cap Ribbons
By Patrick McSherry
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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 Asiatic Squadron
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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