HMCS Rainbow Cap and Tally

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    jholl72
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    HMCS Rainbow Cap and Tally

    Post by jholl72 on Thu May 22, 2014 4:08 pm

    Hi guys,
    This is the cap I was talking about in the Navy research thread, it arrived today. From what I can tell it is an original cap and tally, named to C Gill and dated 1910(it looks like). There is a maker mark on the cap but I can't read it yet and it looks like size 7. The cap is shorter in height than the WWII period Naval caps. The tally looks coloured on in the pics but it is in fact embroidered.
    I also realize the tally is tied on incorrectly, this is one of the reasons I was trying to research C Gill so I could confirm the tally was original to the cap.
    Any and all comments are appreciated as this is the first pre WWI/WWI cap and tally I have handled.















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    Re: HMCS Rainbow Cap and Tally

    Post by qsamike on Thu May 22, 2014 7:08 pm

    Absolutely Fantastic Find......

    As ex-RCN I am officially jealous.....

    It is like finding a Dated Queen's South Africa Medal for me.....

    Good Luck and Thanks for Showing.....

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    Re: HMCS Rainbow Cap and Tally

    Post by RCN Sailor on Fri May 23, 2014 4:59 pm

    It looks like a period after RAINBOW so I think it is a genuine tally and a really nice find.

    Ed

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    Re: HMCS Rainbow Cap and Tally

    Post by jholl72 on Fri May 23, 2014 10:25 pm

    Thanks fellas, I'm very happy with this find.
    Ed, there is a period after the Rainbow. I had read that it was an indicator of an original.
    I'm going to get the dog or car hair off it and repost some pics with it cleaned up a bit.


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    Re: HMCS Rainbow Cap and Tally

    Post by pylon1357 on Fri May 23, 2014 10:29 pm

    I know how to get dog hair off of a cap, but how would you go about getting a car hair of a cap?


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    Re: HMCS Rainbow Cap and Tally

    Post by jholl72 on Fri May 23, 2014 10:32 pm

    It's a very difficult procedure best left to professionals.....stupid auto correct! How about cat hair?


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    Re: HMCS Rainbow Cap and Tally

    Post by pylon1357 on Sat May 24, 2014 5:22 am

    oh I understand now cat hair. Heck, that is really simple to remove, blowtorch all the way works every time


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    Re: HMCS Rainbow Cap and Tally

    Post by RCN Sailor on Sat May 24, 2014 4:56 pm

    I think were it mine I would be seeking a professional dry cleaner and get advice. Moths are attracted to dirty cloth and there is already traces of mothing on this cap.

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    Re: HMCS Rainbow Cap and Tally

    Post by jholl72 on Mon May 26, 2014 8:30 pm

    Just pulled it out of the freezer for the second time, that should take care of any moths or larvae that were on the cap. I did use a lint roller to remove the worst of the pet hair and will look into the dry cleaner option. I have to admit though, that trusting a 100 year old cap to a dry cleaner is slightly unnerving.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMCS_Rainbow_%281891%29

    Rainbow was presented to Canada in 1910, and was recommissioned HMCS Rainbow on 4 August. She and HMS Niobe were purchased from the Admiralty to be used as training ships at Royal Naval College of Canada in Halifax, Nova Scotia.[3][4] During discussions on the type of cruisers to be sent to Canada, the Admiralty believed that the Apollo-class cruiser was the right choice.[5] Canada paid $225 000 to acquire Rainbow, using outstanding money from the Marine and Fisheries Department.[6] Before departing Great Britain, the ships required alterations to make them suitable for training. This required new heating systems, an up-to-date galley, the latest in Marconi wireless, the enlargement of the cadet gunroom and principal messes and the removal of the obsolete secondary armamaent.[4


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