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.

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.