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Old 17-05-19, 12:13 PM
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Default Unusual HMS Tiger Cap Tally

Picked this up a few days ago - anyone know what it is for - obviously HMS Tiger but why the flags and crown ?

It will be up for disposal once I know what it is.

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Old 17-05-19, 12:20 PM
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Possibly one made for sale to the public when visiting the ship on a Navy Day.

Or, possibly issued for a specific event such as escorting a reigning monarch on an Imperial tour?

I have certainly never seen a similar one before.
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Old 17-05-19, 01:11 PM
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Default Unusual HMS Tiger Cap Tally

In the past cap tallys decorated with flags were often manufactured for sale as souvenirs at a ship's launching. Or they were used to decorate the cap on children's sailor suits. Such tallys were mainly produced in the late-Victorian/Edwardian period.

The last HMS Tiger in the Royal Navy (a cruiser) was launched in 1945 - which would make it too late for the manufacture of such special tally's. The previous HMS Tiger (a battlecruiser) was launched in 1913 and could therefore be a contender.

The best way to date a tally is to look at the way the letters are woven on the back. So any chance of a look at the back please?

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Here we go, hopefully this should give an idea about the rear of the tally.

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Thanks for the images of the rear of the tally.

It certainly isn't produced to the same standard as ones produced for the Royal Navy. I would say that this is a tally produced as a cheap souvenir for the launch of the battlecruiser HMS Tiger in 1913. Large crowds turned out for these launchings and they were often public holidays in the dockyard towns.

It's a shame it has been cut but it's still a nice piece of history.

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