Updated December 1, 2017

19th Century (Edo Era) Budo Jingasa


We have to say there is something artistic about the Japanese Jingasa (see other examples below). This one is something unique in that it is Budo Jingasa and features the 19th century Mon to the Hisamatsu Togashi (clan or family), and was likely used by the Ichimonji archery troops.

It is a heavy wood Jingasa that features the three mon on the top with raised goldleaf. There is some cracking in one spot, a chip on the edge and a bit of wear to the very top of the dome of the hat. The red lacquer on the inside is in very good condition. The padding for the head is missing however.

This is a nice example to a notable and important family from the Edo period.

Price: $200 plus shipping

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Late Cold War French Foreign Legion Kepi


Nothing says France like the Eiffel Tower, but nothing says French military like the kepi. This has been the staple headgear of the French for more than 100 years.

Here is a very nice example of the famous French Foreign Legion Kepi for an enlisted man. It is the classic midnight blue with red top. It features the iconic Foreign Legion flaming bomb in red on the front. The kepi is in very good shape apart from some wear to the chinstrap and a little scuffing to the front brim.

It is sized 59, so a large and more desirable size. This was likely used by a soldier in the 1980s or possibly the 1990s.


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Romanian Army Honor Guard Regiment “Mihai Veteazul” Kepi


Here is a post-1990 kepi for the or Romanian army 30th Honor Guard “protocol / ceremonial ” Regiment, which is part of the Romanian army 1st Infantry Division “DACICA” based in Budapest, Romania. This regiment is the most famous Romanian Honor Guard of the Romanian army.

These kepis are all handmade and rarely offered for sale. The condition on this one is truly excellent. It shows minimal wear and displays quite well. This one is for a junior officer and would be a great addition to an international headgear collection.

Price: $120 plus shipping

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 Romanian People’s Army Armor/Artillery/Engineer Visor Cap


These days it is hard if not impossible to find military equipment from the Romanian People’s Army, and here is a very rare visor cap to an NCO in the armor/artillery/engineer division.  It is size 57 and dated 1987. It is in good condition for a 30 year old cap, with no moth holes or tears. The cap is complete with Romania side buttons and the People’s Army cap insignia. This is just a cool piece of Cold War memorabilia.

Price: $65 plus shipping

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Polish Communist Era Visor Cap to a Captain


Polish items from the Cold War are generally hard to find and getting even harder, but I recently came across this lovely communist era visor cap for a captain. It is sized 56 and shows light wear. The Communist era headgear is becoming as hard to find as the wartime stuff, so jump on this one while you can. It is priced to sell.

Price: $145 plus shipping

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British WWII Veterans Bush Hat


Here is one of those pieces that you just wish could talk. It is a World War II era bush hat of the type used by the British and Indian Armies during the campaign in Burma. It clearly had a regimental or army group flash on the right side as was commonly worn during the war.

That flash has been removed and instead on the left side is a British Army flash for the London District, suggesting that the owner was transferred back to London after hostilities ended. Why the other flash has been removed isn’t clear. It would be very easy to simply add a flash back on and you’d have a truly lovely hat for display.

As it is this hat looks lovely and displays quite well already. The chinstrap is missing but chinstrap loops are still attached. The hat is in excellent condition and could be great for a reenactment or just an interesting piece of British military memorabilia. It is reasonably priced – add a flash and you have a $300 cap easily!

Price: $125 plus shipping

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Edo Period Leather Jingasa Red Kamon Bamboo Base Black Lacquer


We do like the Jingasa hats/helmets of Japan, and recently found this Edo period one that was likely used in the final “Samurai” conflict, the Boshin War (1868-1869). This style of helmet was worn by the Aizu rifle corps.

It has some issue, notably the cracking by the red kamon – the symbol on the front of the hat. Despite this the helmet does display very well. It is a nice leather hat/helmet with black lacquer and would likely have been to a soldier of some standing.

Price: $145 plus shipping

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Cold War Era British Royal Artillery Beret


Since World War II black has remained the de facto beret color, and here is one that likely dates to the 1960s or 1970s. It is sized 57 and features a Royal Artillery bullion cap badge sewn on the front.

It was likely for an officer or NCO. The beret shows some wear and the label has seen better days, but there are no moth holes, rips or tears. It is the real deal and would be great for any Cold War British Army display or headgear collection.

Price: $45 plus shipping

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French Chasseurs Alpins Beret


The Chasseurs Alpins were formed as an elite mountain infantry of the French Army as a unit to face any potential threat from its Alpine border with Italy. The unit is believed to be the first regular military unit to have worn a beret.

Here is a post-World War II Chasseurs Alpins beret in excellent condition. It features a lovely depot stamp with a 1953 date. The beret is a size 57.

What really makes this example stand out is that this pattern is still the large oversized beret that is quite similar to those berets worn during the First and Second World Wars. In fact, in a pinch this beret would stand in easily for a Great War or World War II display, especially given the rarity of original period berets from the pre-WWII era!

It is reasonably priced for such a nice piece of vintage headgear.


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French Chasseurs Alpins Beret Post-WWII Era


While the large Chasseurs Alpins beret remains in use on parade during the Indochina conflict and the Algerian War the unit worn the standard sized French army beret. Here is such an example. It came out of an old collection and likely its wearer saw some action in either or both of those conflicts.

This beret is size 56 and i in very good condition with no rips, tears or even moth holes. It is complete with its original medal Chasseurs Alpins beret cap badge. The badge shows some wear but it likely was there for an adventure or two.


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French Engineer Beret


Here is another excellent post-WWII style French Beret. This one features the beret/cap badge to the engineers. The beret and badge are both in excellent condition. This beret is a size 56.

Price: $35 plus shipping

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Japanese Edo Era Jingasa


Originally used by Samurai as a peacetime helmet, the Jingasa (samurai hats) were used from the middle to late Edo Period (1700-1860). The word “Kasa” meaning hat and “Jin” military. As the Edo period was a period of peace, Kabuto helmets were used less and Jingasa became more popular. The function of the Jingasa was still the same as for Kabuto, but with less accent on protection against arrow or sword, but from rain or sunshine, and to give an accent on the other aspects of “Samurai’s daily life in times of peace” like: Police duty, Hunting, Riding etc. next to showing the Samurai’s social status.

These conical hats were used by the Samurai for centuries, and later with the Aizu rifle corps during the Boshin War (1868-1869). This example is a early to mid-19th century example. It features the original “liner” – if you can call it that. It is made of wood and covered in a black-red lacquer. While there is some minor chipping this hat displays quite well. This is a nice example of the Japanese headdress.

Price: $150 plus shipping

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Japanese Samurai Daily Wear Jingasa


The Samurai didn’t spend most of their days in armor fighting battles – far from it! In fact, most of the time these warriors were at peace, and in daily life would wear a simple conical hat. While still technically called a jingasa, this style wasn’t typically used in combat. It was still an important item that denoted a Samurai’s status.

This example is in excellent shape and shows serious craftsmanship. There is a chip to the edge but despite this minor flaw it is still one of the nicest “peacetime” Samurai hats I’ve seen.

Price: $150 plus shipping

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Israeli Boonie Cap


Straight from the Middle East comes this surplus Israeli Defense Forces “bonnie cap.” It is original IDF surplus and was never issued. It is dated 1997 so while it is 20 years old it is still in perfect condition.

Price: $15 plus shipping

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French Model 1872 Infantry Shako


An early French Third Republic infantry shako, of the 1872 pattern. It is an update of the Second Empire Model 1852 pattern, and this pattern remained in service until around 1886.This one was made by Michel Spiquel of Paris – a well-know French military headdress supplier during the time of the Second Republic and Second Empire, and then into the Third Republic.

The gold braiding makes this an NCO or junior officer’s shako. This example is in used but good condition for a shako that is now 140+ years old! There is some moth damage to each side and the silk liner is slightly torn, but otherwise it displays very, very well.

Price $425 plus shipping

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Ethiopian Air Force Other Ranks Visor Cap


Here is a late 1960s early 1970s era Ethiopian Air Force visor caps to an enlisted man/other ranks. The cap is based on the British visor caps of the World War II era, and was used throughout the reign of Emperor Haile Selassie. This cap was likely made in Ethiopia and features the badge of the Ethiopian Air Force. It is in good shape, has a nice maker stamp on the inside and is complete with badge.

Price $80 plus shipping

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Royal Malay Regiment Songkok


Often misidentified as a fez, the “songkok” is a different type of headdress that has been worn by both soldiers and civilians alike in South Asia. Today it is a type of headdress widely worn in Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and even in parts of the Philippines.

This example is a pre-World War II era songkok to the Royal Malay Regiment. It is made of green velvet cloth and features a Royal Malay Regiments badge for other ranks. The songkok shows some wear but is in good shape and displays very well. It would make an example addition to a British colonial headgear collection.

Price $175 plus shipping

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Royal Malay Regiment Songkok


A post-World War II era songkok to the Royal Malay Regiment, dated 1955. It is made of purple velvet cloth and features a Royal Malay Regiments badge for other ranks. The purple color denotes an honor guard, and this songkok could have been used during the Malayan Emergency (1946-60). It may have been used in the September 1963 ceremonies that saw the Federation of Malaya become Malaysia.

The songkok is in excellent condition give that it is 60 years old, and displays very well. It would make an example addition to a British colonial headgear collection.

Price $175 plus shipping

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Mexican Army Hat Circa 1960


South of the border, down Mexico way… that’s where this vintage Mexican Army hat originated. It is in excellent condition with original period Mexican Army badge. It shows little wear, but apparently was used at some point. It is in excellent condition with no stains or tears and would be a great addition to an international military hat collection.

Price $75 plus shipping

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Vietnamese Sailor Cap


A sailor cap to the Vietnamese Navy (Hải Quan Việt Nam) – likely from the late 1990s. This cap is in good but well used condition and likely has been to many ports of call. It features the naval badge to the People’s Republic of Vietnam, and it appears the backing has been reattached with some glue – a likely period repair. Otherwise the cap and badge display quite well.

It would be an excellent addition to a naval cap collection and is reasonably priced.

Price $125 plus shipping

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