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    The next stop in sharing my collection with the forum brings me here, to share my small collection of Vietnam Cowboy Hats. I believe these are still hugely undervalued (especially if they are on bidding on ebay) in the militaria field. I think they make a great display item and have such an individuality to them - I guess the fact that they weren't issue doesn't help - but they are cool.

    So first up is the first I bought, I was at War & Peace and hadn't found a thing - and this just caught my eye, a rare example of the desirable bright pink lined "LuongPhan tailor" Cowboy, in almost immaculate condition - and a large size too. It also helped that the dealer (former owner) is a really decent guy who always has fantastic items, out of his own collection.
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    Sadly this was also the last item I purchased at Beltring with my father, who I sadly lost in the January of the following year. It was a trip to the War & Peace show with him when I was about 11 that first triggered my collecting, and he and I went every year from then on. I doubt this will ever leave my collection.

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    Next up we have another more standard tan/green cowboy, but with a nice metal Viet-nam tab to the side. Has the plasticated sweatband which I always prefer and look for.
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    (well I've messed the attachments up on this post - you wouldn't think I work in tech, build websites and set up IT systems when I can't even delete an attachment on a forum, or get it the right way up - anyway you get the idea.)
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    Thirdly, one of my favourites - really nice tan 'been there' example with original embroidered Captain's Bars to the front. Again the plasticated sweatband.
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    To the rear it also has an in-country unit patch, most likely added later for Vet meets. A nice touch.
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    Fourthly, another with a few nice patches, I really like the Airman rank insignia to the front. Also has the Bien-Hoa tab, a couple of Thai air base patches and the standard 'Sorry bout that' patch to the other side. A proper Airman's Cowboy this one.

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    In keeping with the Bien-hoa tab, another here this time on a Tiger-Stripe Cowboy (I can't remember what the pattern is, if anyone could jog my memory?)
    This example was also purchased from the same guy as the first was.

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    And finally, a very small Thai example, with the rectangle vents seen on these, in ARVN/Thai ERDL camo with a bright red lining.

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    And of course a family photo.

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    Last edited by XJC; 06-20-2020 at 03:23 PM.

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    Very nice group of iconic hats. As you say non-issue but very prolific at least in the imagery I see. I agree that one would expect them to be more sought after. I have always liked these but as I am not a specific "headress collector" I had perhaps best not look too closely lest I live up to my "Militaria Magpie" sobriquet

    Thanks for showing

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    Haha "militaria magpie" is familiar, I've spent years trying to hone and refine my collection. Which I finally have now - everything must fit into one of a many hundred collecting categories.

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    Nice collection there, but i cant help thinking some of those sweatbands would make you sweat.
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    I know it isn't really the same type of hat but I bet many of my age will associate the style with Slim Pickens as Major Kong in the cult movie "Dr Strangelove"

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