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Vintage Steamship Cap Tally or Ribbons For Sale

The tally on a sailor's cap is a ribbon usually bearing the name of a ship or some other establishment to which he belongs. The GG Archives typically collects only paper-based ephemera and books, so this is far outside our normal scope in our collections. Interesting souvenirs at the time and highly sought after by collectors as a memento of days past.

Our collection of Cap Ribbons is quite small but includes some well-known steamships: S.S. De Grasse of the CGT French Line (1924-1953); S.S. Ile De France of the CGT French Line (1926-1959) (One Blue and One White); S.S. Stavangerfjord of the Norwegian America Line (1917-1940; 1945-1964); and the S.S. Frederik VIII of the Scandinavian American Line (1913-1936).

Dates after the name of the vessel refer to the active service dates for these vessels on that particular line. The ribbons would naturally date from sometime during those periods.

S.S. De Grasse of the CGT French Line (1924-1953)

White Cap Tally  - S.S. De Grasse of the CGT French Line (1924-1953)

White Cap Tally from the De Grasse with a French Flag on the left and the flag of the French Line (CGT) on the right.

SS De Grasse was an ocean liner built in 1920-1924 by Cammell Laird, Birkenhead, United Kingdom for the Compagnie Generale Transatlantique, and launched in February 1924.

Condition: Good (Acceptable)

Price: $40 ( )

S.S. Ile De France of the CGT French Line (1926-1959)

Light Blue Cap Tally - S.S. Ile De France of the CGT French Line (1926-1959)

Light Blue Cap Tally from the Ile De France with a French Flag on the left and the flag of the French Line (CGT) on the right.

The SS Ile de France was a French ocean liner built in Saint-Nazaire, France for Compagnie Générale Transatlantique. The ship was the first major ocean liner built after the conclusion of World War I, and was the first liner ever to be decorated entirely with designs associated with the Art Deco style. It was neither the largest ship nor the fastest ship, but was considered the most beautifully decorated ship built by CGT (also known as the "French Line") until the Normandie.

Condition: Good (Acceptable)

Price: $40 ( )

S.S. Ile De France of the CGT French Line (1926-1959)

White Cap Tally - S.S. Ile De France of the CGT French Line (1926-1959)

White Cap Tally from the Ile De France with a French Flag on the left and the flag of the French Line (CGT) on the right.

Condition: Fair

Price: $25 ( )

S.S. Stavangerfjord of the Norwegian America Line (1917-1940; 1945-1964)

Black Cap Tally - S.S. Stavangerfjord of the Norwegian America Line (1917-1940; 1945-1964)

Black Cap Tally from the S.S. Stavangerfjord of the Norwegian America Line. Norwegian Flag is on the left and the flag of the N.A.L. is on the right.

The Stavangerfjord entered service in 1918 for the Norwegian America Line. She was 12,977 tons and 553 feet long, carrying 1,226 passengers between Norway, Denmark, and New York.

Condition: Good

Price: $50 ( )

S.S. Frederik VIII of the Scandinavian American Line (1913-1936)

Black Cap Tally from the S.S. Frederik VIII of the Scandinavian American Line

Black Cap Tally from the S.S. Frederik VIII of the Scandinavian American Line. Beautifully embossed and preserved, this cap tally is exceptionally well preserved.

Condition: VG

Price: $75 ( )

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