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Article about: I know it's British. The label says "Ranken & Co Ltd Calcutta as do the buttons". The name plate on the inside of the sweatband has a date of 30-1-43. So it's WWII. It also has

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    Red face Need help on this Cap.

    I know it's British. The label says "Ranken & Co Ltd Calcutta as do the buttons". The name plate on the inside of the sweatband has a date of 30-1-43. So it's WWII. It also has a name which I can't figure out. And the name plate has Ranken & Co. on it. I would like to see if you guys can ID it. Any help would be appreciated.

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    sorry,i cant help you !but i have to say it is good!i like it!!

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    Cap appears to be a dress version for ranks of colonel & brigadier, but the bullion on the peak doesn't look like the correct design. Side buttons are general service, and appear gilt.
    The name looks to be Indian, rather than that for a British officer.
    Certainly, Ranken made WWII era caps, but this one raises some questions for me. It's of course missing the bullion insignia of a lion surmounted by a crown, and a chinstrap.

    BobS

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    I have seen caps with the single bullion on the peak. But never missing the chin strap and any sort of cap badge. I agree, the name looks to be Indian, rather than British. Could it be Indian Army, or Indian band? Was there even a standing Indian Army during WWII?

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    Quote by Gneagle View Post
    I have seen caps with the single bullion on the peak. But never missing the chin strap and any sort of cap badge. I agree, the name looks to be Indian, rather than British. Could it be Indian Army, or Indian band? Was there even a standing Indian Army during WWII?
    A single bullion row is correct for colonels and brigadiers, but the pattern on this cap doesn't match what is normally seen.
    It could possibly be for a high ranking Indian officer of the old Indian Army; a number of native indians became King's Commssioned officers post WWI, and the process was accelerated up to Indian independence in 1947.

    BobS

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    Ok, thanks for your help.

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    It is an odd example, the leaves on the peak are all wrong for the the rank they are for, also GS buttons are incorrect for the rank. The makers are good and I have a side cap by them, which has some subtle differences on the label.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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