Posted 9 years ago
Officer, Royal Corps of Signals. This is an exceptional hat, with very nice needlework around the band. There is a maker's mark inside from the Herbert Johnson Company, New Bond Street, London. The gold on the brim represents an officer, but I do not know if the exact rank can be determined. I have the original box with the mail cancellations on it dating the hat to 1974 and showing the owner as "R.W. Walker" of Newcastle. That name is also printed in ink inside sweat band.
The Royal Corps of Signals is a branch of the British Army established in 1920 and responsible for battlefield communications. The emblem represents the Greek God Mercury, but is referred to as "Jimmy" by members of the corps. "Jimmy" is also on the side buttons.