Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Greeky Fez

This hat reminds me of one worn by Greek soldier in full dress uniform, look up Evzones and you will see what I mean.

The hat is halfway between a fez and a smoking cap, with a very long tassel.

This is a theatrical hat, one made for use in a theatre production I don't know what production, only it was sold as such on e-bay.

Made of soft red felt, I would put it the head of small Greek curiosity shop owner.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

GI Side Cap

This is reproduction WW2 American GI side cap 

Apparently GI originally meant military equipment made from galvanised iron in WW1, but eventually became anything that was army general issue or government issue and on from that became a word to describe a soldier from the United States of America.

This cap sport 3 stars which means I'm a commander.

This style of hat in the US can also be known as a Campaign cap, flight cap, garrison hat, fore-and-aft cap, envelope cap, overseas cap. It also has some less polite names one being piss-cutter. 

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Side Cap

A side cap is a fold-able military cap with straight sides, no brim and hollow crown which when worn forms a very distinctive shape.

In the UK its officially known as field service cap, in the US its called a garrison cap or flight cap.

The best feature of this cap is can easily be folded into a pocket, over the belt or under the shoulder strap of a military uniform. 

This cap sports a Russian badge so probably from a Russian unit but since I found it at cat boot I no idea for sure.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Tam O'shanter

A Tam O'Shanter is flat cap distinguished by woollen ball on top of the cap

The woollen ball, mini pom-pom is also called a Toorie and adorns many Scottish military or Highland dress.

Originally a Tam O'shanter would have been made of wool and would lie much flatter than this one.

A Tam O'shanter is basically a beret with a pom-pom on top.

The khaki cap here (or similar) was introduced in 1915 for wear in the trenches by Scottish infantry serving on the Western Front. This came to be known as the 'Tam o' Shanter' later abbreviated to 'ToS' by the army. 

Monday, 16 October 2017

Sham Scottish Hat

This is novelty Scottish hat, not quite the Tam O'shanter but sold as one.

Made with tartan fabric fixed to a black elasticated ring this hat allows you to play a caricature Scotsman.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Boss Hogg

Novelty White Cowboy Hat

I surrendered to this hat because it was less than £3, its made of a compressed paper felt. 

These novelty hats are reasonably sturdy even if nothing like a real wool felt hat, they will last long enough as they are not for extended wear.

By the way Boss Hogg was a character from a eighties comedy TV show who wore a white suit and white cowboy hat, an over the top character that sticks in my memory.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Hat Mimic

This was found stuffed in the belt of my costume. 

It's about 10cm tall.

About 8 of these crochets bunnies were sneakily passed to their counterparts, mine instantly identifiable by its hat.

Other bunnies

Crochet by my friend Louise.