Rare Royal Navy HMS Mars Cap Tally, scarce example of the cap tally for HMS Mars with full stop after the ships name. This one still has the bow fixed in place to the left and the tally has been stitched in place. This would indicate it could be from anywhere between 1896 and 1911.
HMS Mars was a Royal Navy pre-dreadnought battleship of the Majestic class, the seventh member of a class of nine ships. The ship was laid down in the Laird Brothers shipyard in June 1894, she was launched in March 1896, and she was commissioned into the fleet in June 1897. She was armed with a main battery of four 12-inch (305 mm) guns and a secondary battery of twelve 6-inch (152 mm) guns. The ship had a top speed of 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph). She was decommissioned in 1920 after serving throughout the first world war.
This tally has had the bow fixed in place to fir the cap it came from. It is quite creased but all intact with no holes.