WW2 Period New Zealand  Lemon Squeezer Hat

WW2 Period New Zealand Lemon Squeezer Hat

Code: 56648

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A good WW2 example of the iconic Kiwi ‘lemon squeezer’ hat which was introduced by one of New Zealand’s outstanding soldiers of the Gallipoli Campaign, William George Malone. Originally for his Taranaki Rifles Regiment the hat was designed to mirror the outline of Mount Taranaki and to allow ‘run off’ in the rain. The moniker “Lemon Squeezer” soon caught on for obvious reasons.

Constructed in a Khaki felt this example has the red and khaki Puggaree of the Infantry, typical of those worn in North Africa by the New Zealand Forces including of course the L.R.D.G. Stamped on the underside of the Puggaree is 6 3/4 which is I assume the size appropriate to the Hat.

On each vertical side ridge are a series of punched holes to allow for ventilation.

Overall condition is very good although the imitation leather sweatband is now rater stiff. There is no chinstrap.