Pith Helmet

#1
This Pith helmet is a family heirloom of mine; any ideas what it is?

I mean I am not sure when it dates from, whether or not its British etc...

It comes complete with its own metal box engraved as being from "J.Jones & Co. Ltd., Tailors & Army Clothiers, 33 St. James Street, London"
 

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#2
Weird.

I was flicking through a book on "The Royal Air Force", published during WW2 (no date) yesterday . There is a picture captioned a 'tropical pith hat and pith helmet with RAF colours'.

Your helmet is identical to that in the black & white picture, but the coloured band is different. There must have been a standard pattern for Army & RAF. Probably an officer's, privately bought, pre-war.
 
#3
Mate those are Royal Marine colours on the Helmet. So this helmet is a Royal Marine issue piece of kit. Post your thread on the 'rum ration' site and you WILL get your answer, im sure.
 
#4
I've got my Granddads RAF WW2 era Pith Helmet - it's identical to the pictured one, with just the "TRF" patch different - he was a Flt Sgt, so guessing it was standard issue for the tropical climate
 
#5
passing_crab said:
I've got my Granddads RAF WW2 era Pith Helmet - it's identical to the pictured one, with just the "TRF" patch different - he was a Flt Sgt, so guessing it was standard issue for the tropical climate
What is the lining in it like? This one appears to be red silk or some such!
 
#6
Ith thomething that you can uthe if you get caught thhort.

Cheerth

Mick.
 
#8
Just a throw away bit but when I started in '52 there were still blokes about who had done India. They were surprised that there was no requirement for pith helmets in Tel el Kebir. Not just the helmet was required. There were things called spine pads which stopped the sun from boiling your essential juices in the backbone. They were quite annoyed at buff order.
 
#10
If you thay tho.

I couldn't thay mythelf, coming from a thub-tropical environment ath I do.

I work outthide every day tho and I need a hat. Any old hat will do to keep the thcorching thun off my thcone.

Regarth

Mick.
 
#15
chippymick said:
Ith thomething that you can uthe if you get caught thhort.

Cheerth

Mick.
:D :D :D :D :D :D :D
 
#17
blonde_guy said:
So is it pre WW2 or Post? I can't remember seeing any photos or footage of WW2 Brits wearing these hats....
These were still standard issue throughout WW2, but in practice seem to have dropped from use in about 1942. Look at early photos of the desert war or of troops arriving in Singapore, and you will see quite a lot of pith helmets.
 

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