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Article about: Another of my acquisitions over the past few days, a vintage Gordon Highlanders feather bonnet. There is considerable fading to the ribbon at the back, and the ostrich feathers seem to be lo

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    Another of my acquisitions over the past few days, a vintage Gordon Highlanders feather bonnet. There is considerable fading to the ribbon at the back, and the ostrich feathers seem to be losing their plumage a bit - but al-in-all it is a nice example. The seller said that it only had two feather tails, but it actually has three. The other was tucked inside the hidden pocket in the frame. I have it on good authority that this is where the squaddies used to hide their ciggies and matches. My finger is pointing to the pocket in one of the pictures. I suspect that the chinstrap is a more recent addition going off the stitching, but although plastic, it still appears to have some age to it. The name tag was found inside the pocket.

    Cheers,
    Steve.

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    A good looking piece of head gear buddy.

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    Quote by SteveR View Post
    A good looking piece of head gear buddy.
    And as light as a feather!
    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.

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    Nice!
    Love them too, and on my list.
    Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!
    cheers
    |<ris

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    I wore one of these , one summer I worked at Halifax Citadel as a 78th Highlander . I believe our kit weighted in at around 35 pounds of wool , leather , brass and feathers . I had my photo taken around 50 000 times give or take . Great bonnet , I would love to have one .
    Cheers Chris

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    Realy!?
    So there must be a pic on the forum some where!!?? ;-)
    Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!
    cheers
    |<ris

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    Very cool addition. There were two for sale at my mates shop in Cardiff a few months back, very tempting but I passed.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Quote by stuka f View Post
    Realy!?
    So there must be a pic on the forum some where!!?? ;-)
    I'll see if I can find a good one .
    Cheers Chris

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    Only because you asked Kris , but here are a couple shots of me as a 78th Highlander , bonnet and all .
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    Cheers Chris

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    Looks great!
    Thanks for posting them.
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    Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!
    cheers
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