Giant Pith Helmet Thread of Doom

Discussion in 'Hats' started by Richard, May 16, 2005.

  1. Doctor Jones

    Doctor Jones Familiar Face

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    How did I not see this thread?

    Me and my sun helmet

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  2. erik7181

    erik7181 New in Town

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    I spend a lot of time out in the sun and the heat, I am seriously considering an Indian pith helmet from the Village hat shop.
    Anyone own one? How do you like it.
    Im looking for something in the Golden age safari look
     

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  3. belfastboy

    belfastboy I'll Lock Up

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    I had one just like that....gave it away as I found it too hot. Went back to my tried and true Panama.
     
  4. 1961MJS

    1961MJS My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Hi, definitely read the recommended thread. Now for a second 2 cents. I bought one a few years back and gave to Hatman Jack in Wichita KS to get rid of. I didn't even ask for money. I felt like and kind of looked like a toadstool.

    Later
     
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  5. belfastboy

    belfastboy I'll Lock Up

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    It wasn't the hat ...it looked okay.....it was the bloody khaki Bermuda shorts I had to wear with it that looked ridiculous.
     
  6. johnnycanuck

    johnnycanuck Call Me a Cab

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    I have one and I like it. When I am doing yard work and am in the sun I get overheated easily. If I know I am going to be sweating I always go for my pith helmet. At the least I am saving my other hats. The new ones come with the cloth sweat band which I prefer over the leather (more comfortable). Keep in mind the regular size only goes up to a 7 3/8. So if you have a larger head get the “big head” version. https://www.villagehatshop.com/product/all/451139-6097/indian-pith-helmet-big-head-version.html
    Let us know what you go with. Wear it in good health.
    Johnny
     
  7. johnnycanuck

    johnnycanuck Call Me a Cab

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    An interesting video on the American sun helmet. I know a the plastic ones have been bad talked here a few times but I really like the history of this one now. I have a buddy that owned one and wears it in summer. From a distance you really can’t tell. I kind of like the idea of the durability of it. I don’t baby the ones I have but the thought is always in the back of my mind it could be crushed with just one step.
    Enjoy.

    Johnny.
     
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  8. fireman

    fireman One of the Regulars

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    My yard has been flooding for the last couple of years due to broken drain tile from the farm fields around me. I've been digging drainage ditches/french drains to fix it while we are on lock down...not much else to do during the beer flu. Yesterday I wore an old Fedora but I think it will be sunny enough to for my British foreign service helmet. Probably need to make up some G&Ts if it is hot enough.
     
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  9. redlinerobert

    redlinerobert One of the Regulars

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    Who makes high quality pith helmets? I find cheap costumey types all the time but can't seem to find a nice one.
     
  10. johnnycanuck

    johnnycanuck Call Me a Cab

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    Define “nice” I have been using the ones from The Village Hat Shop for years now and don’t have an issue with them. They only place I know that has nicer ones is this place
    https://www.tagsafari.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=Pith
    and the only reason I say that is they come in standard sizing. Then there is this place.
    https://www.ascot-tophats.co.uk/
    But I have never ordered from any of them but The Village Hat Shop.
    Hope that helps some
    Johnny
     
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  11. Robert Heyer

    Robert Heyer New in Town

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    My Stetson Pith Helmet getting ready to go into the field. IMG_0183.JPG
     
  12. Robert Heyer

    Robert Heyer New in Town

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    Some of my other pith helmets IMG_0170.JPG
     
  13. fireman

    fireman One of the Regulars

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    Nice pith helmets!!
     
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  14. Ticklishchap

    Ticklishchap One Too Many

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    Is your field work in East/Southern Africa?
     
  15. Doctor Jones

    Doctor Jones Familiar Face

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    The quite inexpensive sun helmets that are widely available are often the "real thing" being made, just like they were 150 years ago, from plant fibre from southeast Asia. I think most of it comes from Vietnam as it long has.

    I've just done some weathering on my sun helmet, added a badge, and put a medal on my khaki tunic.
    It's precisely the same hat and tunic worn by a fairly well-known film character. Do you recognise it?

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    Here are characters it is not:

    Van Pelt from Jumanji

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    Professor Elemental

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    Captain Phillippe d'Arnot from Greystoke

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    Anyone from Zulu

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    Anyone from The Man Who Would Be King

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  16. fireman

    fireman One of the Regulars

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    You've stumped me.....I was thinking maybe Flashman but i cannot find a pic of him in that uniform. No idea what movie character was at Jellabad/Afghan wars.
     
  17. Doctor Jones

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    Maybe it's a generational thing, I'm a "child of the sixties".

    I already at the hat and the tunic from the kilt outfit I posted, which I was planning to get rid of.

    Recently I was watching that movie and said "wait a minute, I can throw together the costume for that character, I already have most of it." I just needed the badge for the hat, the medal for the tunic, khaki trousers, and a few other things.

    Next ComicCon that happens I will debut that character!

    PS the fact that the medal is pinned on with a safety pin might be a clue to the character.
     
  18. Robert Heyer

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    These days South Africa and Botswana.
     
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  19. Ticklishchap

    Ticklishchap One Too Many

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    Very interesting. I would like to visit both places and I have remote relations in Jo’burg. I have read a few books about the Zulu Sangoma healers.
     
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