Good morning gents,
I need some help from any member who can point me in the right direction of a decent example of a late 1940's - early 50's other ranks No1 dress hat suitable for the Royal Artillery.
I don't need the badge or buttons just the hat and chinstrap (black patent leather) so one originating from any other regiment wearing the same colour combination will do.
I don't collect hats myself but can tell a good one from a bad one and I certainly do not want the current issue "bus conductor" type.
My reason for asking is that I am trying to help out a dear friend who knows nothing about the subject but wants to recreate the hat in a photo of her deceased father.
It would mean a lot to her and therefore to me if I was able to deliver on this.
As I say, I know what I am looking for though I just can't find it but I am sure one of my friends here can!
It need not be mint (I will "breathe on it") just tidy and the size is not critical so if anyone can help either post it here or PM me and I will be greatly in your debt.
This will be a sort of sympathetic restoration and will be a gift for my friend. If I am successful I will of course show the result here.
Please help if you can I am banking on you guys.