This is a view of a typical naval cap ribbon, also known as
a cap tally or a hat band, which was worn on the Navy blue "flat hat."
According to the 1897 regulations, cap ribbons were to be constructed from
silk ribbon, 1 1/2" wide. The name of a sailor's ship was to appear on
the band on 1/2" block letters. The letters were to be either woven with
very fine gilt thread or were painted using gold paint. Length will vary.
Those below vary in length between 33.75" and 37".
To the left is the painted version on one of the letters. To the right is the woven version of the same letter.