USS Kidd (DD-661) era replica cap. All sales will help benefit the ships Museum with a donation per cap. Custom made to order. Made in USA


The Commanding Officer of USS KIDD had these caps made locally in Hong Kong during a port visit there in 1951. They were an instant hit with the crew. However, the crew got to wear them only once because an Admiral saw them, disapproved and ordered them to never wear them again.
One of the original caps was found in the Archives of the USS KIDD Veterans Museum in Baton Rouge, LA. The Museum approached Stockbridge Sewing Works to replicate the cap for sale because of Stockbridge’s proven reputation for accuracy and quality.

$5 of every USS KIDD skull and crossbones cap sale will be donated to the USS KIDD Veterans Museum organization.

Oral History:

Machinist Mate 1st class Joseph Mergen
USS Kidd (DD-661)

When we left Hong Kong one time [1951], the captain [Commander Robert E. Jeffery] gave us all a red cap with a skull and crossbones on it. We all wore our caps, and we flew the skull and crossbones flag high and proud. But when we refueled alongside a carrier, the admiral of that carrier had a different view. He gave us five minutes to get the flag down and get rid of every cap. In a few minutes, there was no skull and crossbones to be seen.

Cap details: Red cotton twill 4 panel cap with 3” visor, white felt skull and crossbones with specific stitch pattern, KIDD in small felt letters under skull.( 2”wide x 2.5” tall, 1/2” letters). Dark green under visor, fitted size with brushed cotton sweatband

Shipping from United States

Processing time

12-18 business days

Customs and import taxes

Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.

Payment Options

Secure options
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards

Returns & Exchanges

I gladly accept returns and exchanges

Just contact me within: 7 days of delivery

Ship items back to me within: 21 days of delivery

I don't accept cancellations

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

The following items can't be returned or exchanged

Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:

  • Custom or personalized orders

Conditions of return

Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.

Frequently Asked Questions

Sizing details

You can choose your size (if known) from the drop-down menu for each cap. From 6 1/2 to 8 1/2, we have your head covered!

If you do not know your cap size, you can simply measure your head where the cap band normally lies. (keep a finger tip under the tape so the cap isn't too tight!) Divide that measurement by 3.14 (pi) and your exact size will be the result!

We do make half sizes so feel free to contact me regarding your order if your cap size is say a 7 3/8+ or -.

If you have the need for a deeper cut cap, or a more shallow cut cap, submit your ear to ear measurement.

**Finally you found a place to make a cap to fit YOUR head. Like a fingerprint, no two heads are alike!

Wholesale availability

As each cap is hand crafted in our small shop in south central Pennsylvania, We can not offer the normal wholesale discount that larger companies and imports can offer. What we can offer is the highest quality material and workmanship available in the custom made cap market.
What we are able to do is discount your order for 1 dozen, 2 dozen, etc.
Contact us for more detailed quotes. We also offer a dual labeling program, where your own brand label can be stitched in along with our brand label.
No private label caps (not having our logo inside) offered.

Do you make caps from customers material?

Yes! As long as the material in a normal cap material such as woven wool, cotton, linen, etc. The only leather we can use is very thin garment weight. No hair on leather either!
We have had customers send us their favorite shirt that may have passed the age of being worn out in public. They have it up-cycled into a custom made cap! So if you have that special piece of clothing that you hate to throw away or donate, have it made into a custom cap or two!

Custom and personalized orders

No, unfortunately at this time, the cost of the MLB license and commission structure is beyond the financial grasp of small businesses like mine.

As Stockbridge Sewing Works grows, who knows!

Custom and personalized orders

Yes, we now offer over 15,000 stock embroidery files. Custom embroidery are will be charged a custom digitizing fee. Starting at $25.
Send your artwork to for a quote.

Custom and personalized orders

Back in 1989, living in a small 1800's schoolhouse in rural upstate New York, out side the small town of Cooperstown, I found my passion for caps. Working with several companies as a sub contractor, I produced many caps without my label on them.
Feeling a little left out of the cap spotlight,I threw caution to the wind and ventured out on my own. First, step was renting a tiny one car garage in downtown Cooperstown, behind the bakery, at the one street light in town. Then I moved my machines and fabric in and put a hand made sign up "HAND MADE CAPS $22".

The price has changed but the quality has only gotten better! Now handmade in Pennsylvania.

Reviews (1)


Great custom hat that supports a piece of US Navy history! Thank you!

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