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Richard - I do not understand your question - the suggestion that the validity of this individual cap on ebay is suspect does not put into question how the British style Belgic was developed ???Richard Warren wrote: Right, so (excuse my ignorance), if this is a lash-up, our Belgic was not a direct copy of the earlier Portugese cap with the elevated front?
The leather edge binding for OR's caps is something that perhaps did not make it beyond the pattern caps - as you suggest. It is however difficult to establish what OR caps were actually made like as so few have survived - perhaps only the Sergeant KGL cap and the Coldstream Light coy partial cap - which each have a fabric edge binding . I would think it is more awkward to turn folded leather around the 'corner' of the false front upstand - but the cap edge would have been stronger and more durable. Anyway I will sort that summary when I am able.Ben Townsend wrote: Yes please Eddie. If it helps, I went and examined the information on the pattern caps that were in the Royal Collection prior to being destroyed in the Tower fire. I'm not sure it adds much to the JSAHR article except for correcting a few typos ( and probably introducing some of my own. But its there if you would find it useful. The most intriguing part for me was that the pattern caps had leather edging to the cap front, rather than the tape we are used to seeing on the museum pieces. Possibly a trace of there being a balance between the pattern item and the eventual mass produced product. Although it seems quite a drastic departure to me, and I would have expected a paper trail to record such a decision