A favourite with uniformed personnel
A Peaked Cap, Forage Cap or Combination Cap is a form of headgear worn by the armed forces and also by uniformed civilian organisations such as law enforcement agencies. In the United States military, they are commonly known as Service Caps, Wheel Caps, Saucer Caps, or Combination Covers in the Naval services.
The Peaked Cap has a crown, a band, and a peak. The crown is one colour, often white for navies, light blue for air forces, and green for armies, and may be piped around the edge in a different colour. The band can be one colour, often black, or can be striped, vertically or horizontally. Most caps have some form of cap badge.
In the British Army, each regiment and corps has a different badge on their Peaked Cap. In the American armed forces, the cap device is the same throughout the branch of service, though different variants are used by different ranks.
The peak or visor itself is short and historically made of leather. With newer caps the peak may be shiny plastic. Sometimes it is covered in fabric and may be adorned with embroidered ornamentation.
Other names for Peaked Cap
- Forage Cap
- Service Cap
- Wheel Cap
- Saucer Cap
- Combination Cover
Famous Peaked Hat wearers
- Sgt. Bilko
- Hugh Dowding