I just purchased an odd one from Ebay, very cheap so I took a chance on it. The seller had two examples of very similar Slouchies for sale and sent me the wrong one by mistake. They sent me the more expensive one they had for sale. I was the only bidder on the other one and no one bought this one so I have arranged for them to send me the one I bought but am thinking I might try and keep this other one as well.
It is pretty salty with severe moth tracking in one place and a couple of holes around the top of the crown but it does have a badly replaced pug band. The band appears to have been poorly tacked back into place but matches the cloth edge trim so is likely to be original to it. I so far have not found an exact match for these two-the one I bought has no holes but is missing the pug band- but I did find a similar example with cloth edge trim and no vent holes and no popper or hook to hold up the side.
If anyone can add anything to this it would be appreciated.
Most of the pictures, with the pug band are of the wrong one, with only two from the seller of the one I bought which should arrive within a day or two.
The slouch hat was the standard item or headress for a few years during and just after the 2nd Boer war until the Brodrick cap and the SD cap were introduced circa 1903 and 1904, so there must have been at least circa 200,000 of them in circulation at that time so it is not surprising that some would turn up. Unfortunately most period pics do not show enough of the details to be certain of all variants and as they were all privately made by many different makers, variants must abound.
In my searches I cannot find anything else that could be compared with these slouch hats, apart from British Boer war types, I tried looking at Scout hats and those from other nations with no success so far but maybe someone else has some information.