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Hats, Caps, Helmets, Berets, etc
Military and Police Headdress

No.1 Dress Cap: 9th/12th Royal Lancers - Scarlet With Badge - Stock Code K3S541An extract of Ian Kelly's Master Militaria Catalogue listing collectable military headgear - hats, caps, helmets, berets, forage caps, service dress SD caps, No.1 dress caps, Irish caubeens, Scottish glengarries and Tam o'Shanters, etc.  Includes a useful hat-size chart comparing international hat sizes.


We are not tailors or military outfitters, but sell collectable used hats.  Unless customers specify sizes, we assume that hat size is not important to them and they are collectors who would not necessarly want to wear items in their collection. Our hats are in good condition, but are generally not new.  Many are one-off items and we cannot guarantee to have specific sizes.

Hat Size Table

One of the first things that a British soldier does on being issued with a hat is to remove the size label.  A beret can either shrink or stretch depending on how the original owner washed it, so even if it still has a size label it is very difficult for me to tell the true size of the hat.  All I can do is to try wearing it and guess (I take a size 60 so smaller sizes are difficult for me judge accurately). 

Modern British hats use metric sizes - this is the circumference of the head in centimetres and can be measured using a cloth tape measure.  The following size chart may help.

AUS/UK 6 3/8 6 1/2 6 5/8 6 3/4 6 7/8 7 7 1/8 7 1/4 7 3/8 7 1/2 7 5/8 7 3/4 7 7/8
US 6 1/2 6 5/8 6 3/4 6 7/8 7 7 1/8 7 1/4 7 3/8 7 1/2 7 5/8 7 3/4 7 7/8 8
Metric 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64
Other     S M ML L XL XXL

We prefer that you do not specify hat size when ordering.  Most hats are stocked as single quantities and it is very time-consuming for us to check hats for size. 

If you insist on hats of specific sizes, please use metric sizes when ordering - this is because traditional British hat measurements look similar to US hat sizes, but are actually different sizes as shown on the chart above.

Orders for hats of specific sizes will be put to the bottom of the order-pile for us to deal with when we have more time.

Hats, Caps, Helmets, Berets etc.

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Military Hats, Caps & Helmets Beret: 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards Warrant Officer K3S137 Beret: 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards Warrant Officer With Badge & Backing WM KK 742* £15.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets Beret: Army Air Corps Badged - Sky Blue + Dark Blue K3K066 Beret: Army Air Corps Badged - Sky Blue + Dark Blue Badge Backing QC A/A KK 2056 £10.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets Beret: Dark Blue - British Army - No Badge K3K366 Beret: Dark Blue - British Army - No Badge Black Head-Band £5.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets Beret: Devonshire & Dorset Regiment With Badge K3X174 Beret: Devonshire & Dorset Regiment With Badge And Green Backing A/A KK 2043 £14.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets Beret: Rifle Green (Light Inf/ RGJ/ Gurkhas/ UDR) K3S096 Beret: Rifle Green (Light Inf/ RGJ/ Gurkhas/ UDR) No Cap Badge £5.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets Beret: Royal Air Force - No Badge K3N190 Beret: Royal Air Force - No Badge Black Head Band £5.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets Beret: Royal Engineers - Navy Blue K3K511 Beret: Royal Engineers - Navy Blue Black Head-Band QC A/A KK 1942 £8.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets Beret: Royal Engineers Officers - Navy Blue K3N056 Beret: Royal Engineers Officers - Navy Blue Silk-Lined Bullion Hat & Badge £18.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets Beret: Royal Logistic Corps K3P242 Beret: Royal Logistic Corps With Cloth Cap Badge Embr £8.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets Beret: Royal Marines Band - Navy Blue With Badge K3U186 Beret: Royal Marines Band - Navy Blue With Badge & Red Dome Backing QC Bronze KK 2101 £12.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets Beret: United Nations Troops - Canadian Issue K3K633 Beret: United Nations Troops - Canadian Issue Sky Blue With Badge Enamel £18.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets Beret: Women's Royal Army Corps - Dark Green K3S209 Beret: Women's Royal Army Corps - Dark Green No Badge £5.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets British Army Officer's Black Oakleaf Hat Band K3X564 British Army Officer's Black Oakleaf Hat Band 42.5mm Depth Woven £15.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets Chin Strap For British Army Officers No.1 Dress Cap K3S153 Chin Strap For British Army Officers No.1 Dress Cap Black Shiny Patent Leather £10.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets Chin Strap For Gurkha Officers Pill-Box Cap K3U331 Chin Strap For Gurkha Officers Pill-Box Cap Black Shiny Patent Leather £8.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets Chin Strap For Gurkha Other Ranks Pill-Box Cap K3U330 Chin Strap For Gurkha Other Ranks Pill-Box Cap Black Shiny Plastic £6.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets Chin Strap For RAChD Officers Service Dress Cap K3U328 Chin Strap For RAChD Officers Service Dress Cap Black Matt Leather £8.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets Chin Strap For Royal Navy Ratings Peaked Cap K3T605 Chin Strap For Royal Navy Ratings Peaked Cap Black Shiny Plastic £3.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets Chin Strap For UK Army Officers Service Dress Cap K3S154 Chin Strap For UK Army Officers Service Dress Cap Brown Matt Leather £8.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets Chin Strap For UK Army Other Ranks No.1 Dress Cap K3G315 Chin Strap For UK Army Other Ranks No.1 Dress Cap Black Shiny Plastic £3.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets Female Police Officers Bowler Hat - No Badge K3Q848 Female Police Officers Bowler Hat - No Badge With Diced Hat-Band Reinforced £20.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets French Foreign Legion Kepi Blanc K3S854 French Foreign Legion Kepi Blanc White Peaked Cap £40.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets Glengarry: Dark Blue With Red Toorie K3E712 Glengarry: Dark Blue With Red Toorie No Cap Badge Hat £18.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets Glengarry: Red/White/Black Diced Band & Red Toorie K3E713 Glengarry: Red/White/Black Diced Band & Red Toorie No Cap Badge Hat £18.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets Helmet: Hertfordshire Constabulary K3Q860 Helmet: Hertfordshire Constabulary Rose-Top With Star QC TW 53/C/3 £50.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets Helmet: South Wales Constabulary (EiiR Centre) K3Q859 Helmet: South Wales Constabulary (EiiR Centre) Rose-Top With Star QC Cork TW 41/B/2 £50.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets Helmet: South Wales Constabulary (PoW Feathers) K3Q858 Helmet: South Wales Constabulary (PoW Feathers) Coxcomb With Star QC TW 53/D/3 £55.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets Jungle Hat - British DPM Camouflage K3E825 Jungle Hat - British DPM Camouflage Hat £9.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets No.1 Dress Cap - Adjutant General's Corps K3S357 No.1 Dress Cap - Adjutant General's Corps Female Pattern QC A/A KK 2729* £25.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets No.1 Dress Cap - Army Physical Training Corps K3X105 No.1 Dress Cap - Army Physical Training Corps Female Pattern: Rare QC A/A Hat £35.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets No.1 Dress Cap - Devonshire & Dorset Regiment K3X000 No.1 Dress Cap - Devonshire & Dorset Regiment With Cap Badge A/A KK 2043 £20.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets No.1 Dress Cap - Grenadier Guards K3X014 No.1 Dress Cap - Grenadier Guards 1 Band On Peak Brass KK 891 £22.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets No.1 Dress Cap - Irish Guards - Lance-Sergeant K3T057 No.1 Dress Cap - Irish Guards - Lance-Sergeant 2 Bands On Peak Brass KK 914 £28.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets No.1 Dress Cap - QA Royal Army Nursing Corps K3S360 No.1 Dress Cap - QA Royal Army Nursing Corps Female - New Colours QC A/A KK 2187 £25.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets No.1 Dress Cap - Royal Army Medical Corps K3S361 No.1 Dress Cap - Royal Army Medical Corps Female Pattern QC A/A KK 2123 £25.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets No.1 Dress Cap - Royal Artillery  With Badge K3I522 No.1 Dress Cap - Royal Artillery With Badge Female Pattern QC A/A Hat £30.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets No.1 Dress Cap - Royal Signals - Other Ranks K3K509 No.1 Dress Cap - Royal Signals - Other Ranks Male Pattern QC A/A KK 1948 £18.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets No.1 Dress Cap - Welsh Guards - Lance Sergeant K3S233 No.1 Dress Cap - Welsh Guards - Lance Sergeant 2 Bands On Peak A/A KK 920 £26.00

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Military Hats, Caps & Helmets Police Officers Peaked Cap - With Diced Hat-Band K3G317 Police Officers Peaked Cap - With Diced Hat-Band Plain Shiny Peak No Capbadge £22.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets Police Riot Helmet (like Blue Motorcycle Helmet) K3L693 Police Riot Helmet (like Blue Motorcycle Helmet) With Perspex Visor £45.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets Royal Air Force Central Band Peaked Cap K3P235 Royal Air Force Central Band Peaked Cap Bullion Badge & Peak QC Bullion Hat & badge £35.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets Royal Air Force Male Officers Peaked Cap (No Badge) K3S126 Royal Air Force Male Officers Peaked Cap (No Badge) Unworn Condition £35.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets Royal Air Force Other Ranks Peaked Cap K3K788 Royal Air Force Other Ranks Peaked Cap New pattern Badge QC Lurex Hat & badge £14.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets Royal Marines Peaked Cap: White Top With Badge K3P851 Royal Marines Peaked Cap: White Top With Badge Modern Issue QC Brass KK 2101 £22.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets Royal Navy / Royal Air Force Black Hat Band K3S367 Royal Navy / Royal Air Force Black Hat Band Mohair £3.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets Royal Navy Ratings Hat - White Stiff Top K3P103 Royal Navy Ratings Hat - White Stiff Top No Cap Tally £10.00

Military Hats, Caps & Helmets Women's Royal Air Force Hat - With New type Badge K3P852 Women's Royal Air Force Hat - With New type Badge Upturned Brim Type QC Lurex Hat & badge £20.00

Stock Up-dates

This page was updated on Thursday 26 January 2017

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Prices

Prices are in British Pounds Sterling and you may order online or order by mail.

Stock Codes

The first 6 figures of each line is our Stock Serial Number - use this when ordering. Where applicable, the code in brackets before the price is a reference to standard reference books.

Postal Costs

There is a minimum charge of £1.50 postage and packing for all orders. If Royal Mail costs exceed this amount, then the charge will be higher. Please see our How to Order page.

Button Catalogues

We publish button catalogues by post about 10 times per year. These cost £1.50 each and include fresh stock before it appears on this website.  In effect, postal subscribers get first-pick of the rare items.

Button Identification

The British Button Society has an identification service.

The British Button Society

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The British Button Society was founded in 1976 by a group of people interested in collecting buttons and researching their history. The Society has collectors of all types of button and publishes 4 excellent journals per year called 'Button Lines' - click for details

Insignia Images

Pictures of insignia on this website are taken from items owned by Ian G Kelly (Militaria). Images and text are copyright © Ian G Kelly (Militaria)