This is an extremely rare museum quality authentic antique early 20th century ( 1916 -1921 ) Polish Military four-cornered Rogatywka, most likely the only surviving example of this particular model, which has not existed in any known museum collection.
DETAILS: Constructed of cardboard hardened by metal wire, covered by fine wool broadcloth, with a yellow band and black oil skin rim, the interior with cotton lining and a black leather sweat band. A top of characteristic square form covered with black oilskin, bordered with ribbon, and reinforced with brass corners, the side corner is with a loop for a cord, which was attached to a uniform to secure the hat from loss in combat. The hat is complete with a black leather chinstrap, with an embossed brass interlocking strap, secured by two matching rosettes, and a black visor with a banded edge with green lacquered cardboard underside. The interior has a full lining with a full sweatband of black leather.
CONDITION: Well used, fabric with moth holes, the ribbon bordering the square top is damaged, the visor is split from the rim of the hat, the sweatband shows wear from routine field use.
On the front of the yellow band are two holes with dark stain left by pins from the eagle which was originally mounted, the Polish eagle, which is missing- please see the photos. Considering the age and material, and that the hat is in its original condition free of any kind of repair or restorations, the item can be classified as in good condition, however needing only minor cosmetic repairs (gluing the ribbon bordering the square), and some cleaning. We sell all antiques in the condition as acquired, we do not perform any restorations, we leave the decision regarding restoration to the client.
MEASUREMENTS: Height: From the base of the hat to the highest point: 16.8 cm (6 5/8 in), overall length from the rear to the front corner: 32.2 cm (12 3/4 in).
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Rogatywka is sometimes translated as peaked cap, a Polish generic name for an asymmetrical, peaked, four-pointed cap used by various Polish military formations throughout the ages. It is a distant relative of its 18th century predecessor, konfederatka, because of the use by members of the Bar Confederation. It consists of a four-pointed top and a short peak. Although rogatywka (derived from rog = horn, corner) in English seems to mean the same as czapka - schapska.
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