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Dress hat

Object Number: 
Textile, metal
Overall: 4 1/2 x 10 3/4 x 7 1/2 in. ( 11.4 x 27.3 x 19 cm )
cloth label: stitched inside top of crown: "MADE AND SOLD UNDER / AUTHORITY OF U.S. NAVY / W.A.V.E.S." coth label: stiched inside sweatband: "W.A.V.E.S. / NAME . . . / RATE . . . / CONTRACT NO. 105"
WAVES' rayon(?) dress hat with white crown, dark blue brim which is slightly turned up on each side, and dark blue band with back "tail" with ends pinked at an angle; metal front insignia consisting of a silvered eagle with spread wings atop a silvered shield, the latter superimposed on gilded crossed anchors, with dark blue textile backing.
Gallery Label: 
Women who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II were known by the acronym "WAVES" (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). Other parts of the WAVES uniform were also given by the donor.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Mary Jane Natto
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group