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Aussie WW2 Slouch Hats

Article about: Lovely hats! Always wanted to have an example, but never managed to get one yet. Rob

  1. #61

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    Figured I'd throw in my British 43 example

  2. #62

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    Quote by reneblacky View Post
    Cheers Jerry
    I can't really help you on a list as I run off what I have, all of mine that are marked have a war time factory code eg N121 (N*** New South Wales Mfg V*** Victoria etc...)
    Cheers Rene,

    This is why I asked as I have seen this example for sale, seller was unclear on the maker, but stated,

    "it has its liner, can't see a date, maker marks are ( think, quite faint) Fayre????? Melbourne"

    It is being sold as WWII. After research, early and pre war hats use the hook and eye fitting for the fold up and have the trim on the edge, but most should have red eyelets, wartime examples change over to press stud fitting and no trim and can have reed or green eyelets. Post war they go back to hook and eye fitting and have a trim. All the Fayrefield Melb ones I can find are post war, though the company was making hats before the war.
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    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

  3. #63

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    It's post war Jerry,the green trim is the first thing to look for re identifying post war examples.
    A tan trim or no trim at all is a good indicator of WW2 era manufacture as well as the vent colour as you have discovered.
    Good ones are getting scarce and expensive esp. with a pug and colour patch.
    All the best mate
    Dave

  4. #64

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    Thanks Dave, I had already contacted the seller and told him I thought it was post war based on the things you mention and also because the maker only started making them post war.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

  5. #65

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    No worries mate,sounds like your onto it.
    All the best
    Dave

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    Quote by Thanatos View Post
    No worries mate,sounds like your onto it.
    All the best
    Dave
    Always good to get it confirmed though, especially from a native.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Australian Slouch hats from the First World War onwards are common, regardless of Unit. Of historical importance are those of the Boer War and Boxer Rebellion, of which few exist.
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    What a precious item greimers. You must be proud to have that in your collection mate.
    Any chance of some images of the interior?
    Cheers
    Dave

  9. #69

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    Dave,

    I will post some images after the Easter Break, my Russian girlfriend cracks whenever I open up my militaria.

    Kind regards, Grant.

  10. #70

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    No worries Grant,looking forward to seeing them mate.
    Your not alone brother my other half is the same,look out here she comes i'm in for another beating
    All the best
    Dave

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