M19... is it really? Authenticity in question
Hi folks, just wanted to say this section is an excellent resource for a rather obscure time period.
If I may get some help on a hat of mine I'd appreciate it, some details dont sit well with me.
The eagle has been flagged as a fake on another site, and after some homework I agree. Im unsure of the kokarde/oak leaves (not a TR collector)...and I have yet to see a period photo someone wearing one of these hats with TR insignia, but I'd really like to get some eyes on the hat itself, is it a real M19? The leather sweatband and black fabric liner makes me think twice, and it reminds me of the fake WW1 feldmutze with leather bands etc.
I welcome your thoughts on the matter.
11-10-2014 02:22 AM
That's a stinker, made from overcoat textiles.
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Interesting. Thank you for the additional information.
The material thickness is strange, and oddly similar to my WW1 tunic. However the liner really raised a red flag as I started researching more. What I'd expect to see is the simple white cotton interior, no leather band and at least the HBAB + date stamp like Bill Shea's hat in post #3, which looks good.
Are there any guesses to when these hats started hitting the market? Apparently the hat that started this thread was bought 30 years ago.
Again, thank you for the help.
All been said already.
Sorry it is a bad one, very frustrating for you as a collector I'm sure but an interesting oddity indeed, so thanks for sharing.
I know that officers did customise their field caps and have recently acquired an original picture showing the addition of a chin strap to one by a company commander in the 1920's. However even if this cap was an original I feel the conversion to an alter art style look is unlikely as the caps were apparently not popular with officers and I reckon they would have got themselves a nice new 1934 field cap as soon as they came out. I know I would of !!!!!!!!.