Original British Victorian Era Officer Pill Box Hat with Gold Thread Embroidery

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. The Victorian era was one of the most glamorous times for military uniforms, wonderful bright colors, predominantly red, beautifully tailored and worn with amazing ornate headgear.

Exotic helmets abounded with every regiment displaying their own versions. Of course, this was all "for show" and in their everyday lives things were quite different.

What we offer here is typical headgear of many officers when not on parade. Other ranks also used pillbox hats but with little adornment.

This is an officer's hat dating somewhere from 1855 to 1885. Beautifully constructed of navy blue Melton cloth and handsomely decorated with gold thread to crown and all around the tape border.

Leather head band remains as does the once red silk inside the crown. It even has a very thin original leather chinstrap. Hats like this are often encountered in old photographs and illustrations being worn in a jaunty fashion at an extreme angle that perhaps led to the later term "side cap" for casual military headwear.

A fine example, possibly 150 years of age offered in lovely display condition.

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