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Title Full dress army officer's cap
Nationality Japanese
Period c 1930s

This hat is in exceptionally clean condition, having seen very little service use and been preserved in its original card box, with separate card containers for the plume. The design dates from the 1890s and was heavily influenced by US uniform. It would have been worn on parade occasions with the full dress uniform, which was dark blue to match.

The colours of the plume, of course, represent the rising sun of Japan. The lining would appear to be silk, with the officer's name painted in white. The sweat band is leather, as are the peak and chin strap.

There is a little age crazing on the peak, something you would expect on a piece of this vintage. It appears to be a fine dark blue melton wool cloth. The condition throughout is superb for its age, though the box has a few dings, tears and very slight age marks. It stands comparison well with a German cap of the same era, although you rarely see them in their boxes.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Militaria : Headdress : Japanese : 20th Century]


The day the blunderbuss arrives I could not stop looking and feeling the gun for at least one hour. My wife told me that I was sick........ I am very happy, it is a piece of craftsmanship! Well made! I have 5 blunderbusses but all iron barrel, also from England but this one is gorgeous with the Brass Barrel.

Please keep me informed when you have any other type of blunderbuss. Thanks my friend!

M R, USA, 04.08.2011

I wanted to let you know that the kepi arrived today safely. A super nice kepi! Also wanted to say that it was a pleasure doing business with you.

M S, USA, 20.08.2009