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.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Carry On Up the Revolution

This is what called a Barge cap or Breton Cap  (Not to be confused with a Breton Hat which is a totally different hat shape)

Its also known as fiddler cap, Lenin cap, skipper cap, or mariner's cap, although that depends on if they have embroidery on the headband or peak.

Normally made of thick wool to provide the main stiffness, they are always peaked, they have firm wide headband, and usually come in black or navy blue.

Worn by 20th C merchant navy, barge owners and northern European factory workers.

The Fiddler cap name came about because of the film Fiddler on the Roof where the main character Topol wear one.

They came in to use in big way in Tsarists Russia due to the banning of Jewish style head ware.

Worn with with a black scarf it creates a ideal early 20th Century workers revolutionary look.


Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Green Beret

The Green beret without much military knowledge I would immediately associate with British royal marines. 

This beret is however khaki not green so probably from another regiment of the army.

A quick search online for khaki berets brings all these just for the UK alone, Foot Guards, Honourable Artillery Company, Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, Royal Anglian Regiment, Royal Gibraltar Regiment, Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, Royal Welsh, Yorkshire Regiment, Mercian Regiment, Special OP Battery Royal Artillery. 

Bt the way this a loaned air-soft gun, it's not real, although a pretty substantial weapon I have no idea how close it mimics the real thing.

Berets are cheap and easy to make and have been the default headgear for many military groups since the later part of the 20th Century

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Purple Beret

A purple beret is ideal for a flamboyant character, definitely not a military beret or one you could wear to start a revolution.

This beret was added to our lrp crew kit by one of the refs Amy.

Made from nice soft felt with little felt cord in the center that is common to many non-military berets

Monday, 4 September 2017

Fur Beret

This is basically a fur beret picked up from a charity shop, probably ladies hat originally but no labels will never know for sure, but it works for me.

A very comfortable hat, the brim has a wide slightly elastic band which makes it an easy fit.

Following a classic beret shape where the soft fabric overhangs the brim and lies almost flat on the head. 

The fabric is not fabric in this case but animal skin and the hat as no lining just leather of the animal skin stitched to form the shape, with its fur on the outside. The brim itself is made from a wide strip of elasticated jersey like fabric which remains hidden from view as it clings to the head.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Chinese Style

A basic novelty Chinese style merchant skull cap see in many a Hong Kong movie

Worn also by nobles, wealthy children.

Novelty hats of this style can be found all over eBay and the like for well under £10 

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Mask with Hat

Well the picture and title say it all its a mask with hat shape cast into it, in this case probably the start of tricorn.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Librarian Hat

I have named this hat a Librarians hat, as I think it has a scholarly look however it's not mortar board which is a hat most associated with scholars.

A basic cotton cone of fabric with an elasticated brim to hold it comfortably and firmly on the head

 The hat is decorated with decorative fabric tape/bias binding/trim.

This is a version of a Nightcap, perhaps a bit baggier than normal.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Feathered headpiece

This feathered headpiece is based on 1920’s Flapper Headband.

It was advertised as  1920s Great Gatsby Headband Carnival headpiece.

However, it was actually intended to be used to provide an additional imposing item for an Egyptian based culture as in the photo below.

Combined with the feather collar and bit of jewellery it gave to look and cost less than five pounds.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Crash Helmet

Crash helmets or motorcycle helmets are designed to protect the users from head injury.

Wearing a helmet when riding a motorbike is mandatory in the UK and they have to be designed to comply with safety and build standards.

Since the introduction of helmets, they have reduced head injury by nearly 70% and death by over 40% they have even believed to have reduced spinal damage.

Helmets can vary in design from open face pudding basin shape to full all round enclosed helmet with a visor like this one. 
This helmet also includes vents and a drop down internal sun visor.

I don't own or ride a motor bike I purchased these helmets for part of a set of sci-fi space suits costumes as below.

Interesting fact (maybe) wearing a white helmet reduces your chance of road accident by 25% compared to a black helmet, is that because those with white helmets are the more sensible road user or because they can be seen easier?