Finally a complete cataloged photo overview for the collector of policehats.
This homepage is an overview with which photo collections of international policehats can be matched - from Argentina to Venezuela - from Egypt to Zimbabwe. This is NOT my personal collection !!
Subdivided according to the continents: Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia, Central, North- & South America and Oceania.
A peaked cap, is a form of headgear worn by the armed forces of many nations and also by many uniformed civilian organizations such as Law enforcement agencies and Fire Departments.
The cap has a crown, a band, and a peak (British English) or visor (American English). Most caps have some form of cap device (or cap badge), though different variants are used by different rank classes. The peak or visor is short, historically made of leather, or in newer caps may be a shiny plastic.
The peaked cap originated in early 19th century Northern-Europe, usually worn by working class men. Around the same time in the later years of the Napoleonic Wars it began to appear in the senior ranks of the Russian and Prussian armies, and was popular because of its comfort and light weight, as opposed to the cumbersome bicorns and shakos that they were issued with for duty. During the Biedermeier period (1815-1848) they became universal dress for German and Austrian civilian males of all classes, and for the entire 19th century were popular with the working classes all over Northern-Europe, though in Britain the flat-top cap was preferred towards the end of the century. The US Army adopted the peaked cap during the Mexican-American war in 1846 due to the unsuitability of the shako in the hot Mexican climate. In 1856 a form of peaked cap was adopted by petty officers of the Royal Navy, in imitation of an undress headdress worn by officers from as early as 1827. The British Army adopted peaked caps in 1902 for both the new khaki field dress and (in coloured form) as part of the "walking out" or off duty wear for other ranks.
During the 20th century the combination or peaked cap became a common headdress in the armies, navies, air forces and law enforcement agencies of the world, especially for officers. As a relatively practical and smart item it also became popular amongst police forces, largely replacing the helmets and kepis worn earlier.
A cap badge, also known as head badge or hat badge, is a badge worn on uniform headgear and distinguishes the wearer's nationality and/or organisation. The wearing of cap badges is a convention commonly found among military and police forces, fire services etc.
Cap badges are a modern form of heraldry and their design generally incorporates highly symbolic devices.
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