Friday, 29 December 2017


Presents for Christmas included Beard Baubles and R.

Along with a green Vietcong pith helmet, a brown suede hood and a bag full of Wee Willie Winky Hats.

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Jesters Hat

The jester hat is a silly hat with bells on worn by performers in the Tudor period and beyond.

Red and Green should never be seen, except on fools is a reference to a colour clash and peoples fashion sense.
I always like to think this phrase comes from the colours worn by medieval court jesters, but that probably not true, the phrase could come from the running lights on ships, which have traditionally been red on one side and green on the other. If another vessel saw green or red lights ahead in the dark, it would mean they were on a collision course. 

This is comercial hat found in job lot of hats I got off ebay used by a local theatre group.

Where does a werewolf go when he loses his tail? 

A retail store,  ta da.

Sunday, 17 December 2017


The crown a headress worn by a monarch or emperor to show thier power, wealth and also used in a coranation to endorse thier position.

Crowns come in many shape a date back to time of pharoes, the one shown here is shaped like a traditional european crown.

Often made of gold or other precious metaerial, covered in jewels and lined with some expensive animal skin, this headgear is not practical or confortable, its nothing but a symbol of the wearers rank. 

This is a cheap fancy dress plastic crown which I have repainted and distressed, lined with felt all to give a bit life and make it less plasticky.

One up from the cracker crown shown in my previous post.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Its a Cracker

The cracker hat is usually made of thin tissue paper and shaped like a crown.

These hats have fallen out of most Christmas crackers since the early 20th century, along with mottos, love notes, gifts and many a bad joke.

The first Christmas cracker was based on a novelty bon-bon developed by a London confectioner Tom Smith which made a bang when opened, he and his company eventually developed this into the gift delivering item we know today as the Christmas Cracker.

Tom Smiths sons who took over the business when he died eventually where the ones who introduced the hat into the cracker.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Hooded Tunic

This is a hooded tunic made specifically for lrp use. 

Not based on anything historical, it is made of a wool mix with horn toggle closures.

This item was purchased from Chows Emporium, where its described as a heathered woollen tunic hooded.

I've found this useful in all weathers, made of wool but lightweight enough for summer and can easily be worn over other items for colder weather use.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Masononic Hat

This red hat is a hat worn by members of the modern Freemasons

It was given as a gift by a friend who is a member, I have no idea what rank or role the hat is for, if indeed you need a rank to wear it.

The hat is basically a felt covered stiffened ring of card or thin plastic with felt stretch over the crown, it's very lightweight but well made and still feels sturdy. 

Freemasons are an organization that originated in medieval times, as a body that controlled and looked after local stonemason and represented them with the local bureaucracy. Nowadays they are a ritualised group that helps businessmen network and do charity work. 

They are often associated with a degree of conspiracy due to there requirement that each rank keeps the knowledge of what they learn as they progress secret from the ranks below.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Fabric Fez

I have posted photos of quite a few fez's on this blog, most where stiffened felt, this one is stitched fabric/cloth and needs a head to create its shape.

Purchased as part of a job lot of about 10 hats advertised as theatrical hats.

It's not the real thing but does a good enough impression of Fez to use in a play or for lrp. 

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.