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Hats used by the military.

Bicorn

Historic Napoleonic hat The bicorn or bicorne meaning two-cornered, is an archaic form of hat widely adopted in the 1790s as an item of uniform by European and American military and naval officers. It is now most readily associated with Napoléon Bonaparte but in practice most generals and staff officers of the Napoleonic period wore […]

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Hardee Hat

Union Army Hat The Hardee hat is also known as the Model 1858 Dress Hat and nicknamed the ‘Jeff Davis’, was the regulation dress hat for enlisted men in the Union Army during the American Civil War. The Hardee hat was also worn by Confederate soldiers. However, most soldiers found the black felt hat to […]

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Peaked Cap

A favourite with uniformed personnel A Peaked Cap, forage cap or combination cap is a form of headgear worn by the armed forces of many nations and also by many uniformed civilian organisations such as law enforcement agencies. In the United States military, they are commonly known as service caps, wheel caps, saucer caps, or […]

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Bush Hat

Stiff brimmed soft hat A bush hat is a form of wide-brim hat commonly used by military forces also known as the boonie hat by Americans. Its design is similar to a bucket hat but with a stiffer brim. Often a fabric tape band of ‘branch loops’ is sewn around the crown of the hat. […]

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Bearskin

Tall fur military hat A bearskin is a tall fur cap worn as part of a ceremonial military uniform. Traditionally, the bearskin was the headgear of grenadiers, and is still worn by grenadier and guards regiments in various armies. Following the Battle of Waterloo and the action in which they gained their name, the Grenadier […]

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Forage Cap

Foldable military cap A forage cap, field service cap, or side hat as known as in the UK and other Commonwealth countries, or garrison cap in the US, field service or wedge cap in Canada, is a foldable military cap with straight sides and a creased or hollow crown sloping to the back where it […]

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Balaclava

Headwarmer with Crimean War origins A balaclava, also known as a balaclava helmet or ski mask, is a form of knitted headwear that covers the whole head, leaving only part of the face exposed. Often only the eyes or eyes and mouth are left exposed. Origins The name ‘balaclava’ comes from the town of Balaklava, […]

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Pith Helmet

Classic tropical hat The Pith Helmet, also known as the safari helmet, sun helmet, topee, sola topee, salacot or topi, is a lightweight cloth-covered helmet made of cork or pith, typically pith from the sola, Aeschynomene aspera, an Indian swamp plant, or A. paludosa or a similar plant. Designed to shade the wearer’s head and […]

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Slouch Hat

Common military felt hat and Australian favourite A Slouch Hat is a wide-brimmed felt hat with a chinstrap usually worn as part of a military uniform. Slouch Hat refers to the fact that one side droops with the other pinned against the side of the crown. This style of hat has been worn for many […]

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Kepi

French military favourite A Kepi is a cap with a flat circular top and nearly horizontal peak. Etymologically, the word is a borrowed from the French Képi, itself a respelling of the Swiss German Alemannic Käppi meaning ‘cap’. The Kepi was the most common headgear in the French Army with its predecessor originally appearing during […]

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