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British Pith Helmet Vintage Style Cotton Sun Hat British Army 1900's Desert Sand

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In what was then the British Empire, sun helmets made of pith first appeared in India during the Anglo-Sikh wars of the 1840s. Adopted more widely during the Indian Mutiny of 1857–59, they were generally worn by British troops serving in the Ashanti War of 1873, the Zulu War of 1878–79 and subsequent campaigns in India, Burma, Egypt and South Africa.[10]

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During the Anglo-Zulu War, British troops dyed their white pith helmets with tea, mud or other makeshift means of camouflage.[11] Subsequently, khaki-coloured pith helmets became standard issue for active tropical service.

This distinctively shaped early headwear came to be known as the Colonial pattern helmet.


This reproduction is excellent both for fancy dress / re-enactment or for general fashion use in summer

Rigid body and brim covered in cotton outer and lining.

Adjustable headband and webbing inner mean one size fits all (adult)

High crown and vent concealed under the button mean heat can rise from the head and be dispersed