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Offline Clemence

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name of a hat?
« on: July 04, 2010, 04:30:48 AM »
I need your help to find out how to call this hat (the white one on the left):



any ideas if these are still made?
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Re: name of a hat?
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2010, 11:12:42 AM »
The white hat on the left is called a "Pith Helmet".  I'm certain they are still being made, although are not common today.

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Re: name of a hat?
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2010, 12:36:21 PM »
I've recently seen them at a Military Surplus shop near Hartford, CT.

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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2010, 01:21:20 PM »
thank you so very much, who knows if I'll ever manage to find one!

Hartford, CT ... where?
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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2010, 02:09:10 PM »
Don't know exact location, I was driven there by a friend who is a military history buff. I may ask him when he comes back from his Dominican vacation. For the time being, try this guy, it's possibly him.

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Re: name of a hat?
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2010, 02:54:42 PM »
They are fairly easy to acquire, new and used.     They range a great deal in price. From about  $40 US to 225 UKP.  There  a quite a few on EBay as well.
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« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2010, 03:01:37 PM »
believe me, not so easy to find here where I am ...
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« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2010, 01:29:12 AM »
you might also want to look up safari hat or Solar topee
here is one online company you can order from
http://www.villagehatshop.com/pith_helmet.html?gclid=CJvfmdjg06ICFR0B4wodyA63ww

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Re: name of a hat?
« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2010, 03:18:52 AM »
A safari hat is more a broad-brimmed hat in various styles. Indiana Jones could be said to wear a safari hat.

Solar topee has various spellings, including topi, so you may need to try more than one.

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« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2010, 03:08:46 PM »
K
   The type you are talking about is actually a slouch hat with the brim down.  Both pith and slouch hats are referred to as safari hats, a  safari hat being a hat used on safari.

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« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2010, 03:31:31 PM »
well, just found out there is one in our old family house, it belonged to my late grandfather who once worked in sudan!

In a couple of weeks I'll be closer to it! immagine if it fits!
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« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2010, 08:57:44 AM »
As an interesting side - the US Postal Service used to wear Pith Helmets as part of their uniform in the summer.  I was a kid, but I remember them.

Of course, they don't wear anything like that now.  In this age of "dress down" or "casual" everyday (It started out as casual or "dress down" Friday) I can't imagine any company expecting their employees to wear anything even close to a uniform.

"As early as November 1947 uniform manufacturers offered a
zippered "Eisenhower style" jacket, and a safari-style pith helmet appeared in
advertisements by 1949. The Eisenhower jacket was officially added to the
letter carrier's uniform in July 1953, in an order signed by Assistant Postmaster
General Norman Ross Abrams which read:
In lieu of the [sack] coat specified, a jacket known as the Eisenhower-type
jacket, may be worn, the material and color to be as specified for the coat."

http://www.usps.com/postalhistory/_pdf/LetterCarrierUniformOverview.pdf

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 Indian swamp growth, Aeschynomene aspera; or A. paludosa, or a similar plant). Designed to shade the wearer's head and face from the sun, pith helmets were once often worn by Westerners in the tropics, but have also been used in other contexts.
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Re: name of a hat?
« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2010, 09:23:32 AM »
The full dress head dress worn by the Royal Marines is a large white pith helmet with a badge on the front and a chin chain, known as a sun helmet.

I have tried one on and discovered that they are far lighter than they look.

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