Tropical Military Helmet
Donated with the uniform jacket of the 'Thames Scottish Volunteers' New Zealand Volunteer Force 1880.
"This high domed helmet is also known as the safari helmet, sun helmet, topee, Pith Helmet. It is a lightweight linen cloth fabric - covered helmet made of cork or pith. It is sewn in six sections; has a slight point at the back, a longer peak in front and is lined with leather. It is decorated wiith an embossed silver flower button on each side of the rim; a silver spike with a floral type base is screwed on top of the helmet.
The tin box is painted red and is a deep oval shape with a hinged lid."
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Courtesy of Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato