Oliver Farm Machine Safari Hard Hat Pith Helmet Tractor
is a white safari hat or pith helmet that was sold at an Oliver farm tractor dealership back in the 60's. It is made of hard plastic and has had little wear. The band adjuster is made of cloth and is adjusted by either tightening or loosening the shoestring. T is another band that goes across the top to keep the helmet at the proper height for maximum cooling or sun protection. It was made in the USA.We ship USPS on Wednesday and UPS on Thursday. Click on the image to make it larger. Please judge condition by the pictures. Pith helmet From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Pith helmet of Harry S. Truman
The pith helmet (also known as the safari helmet , sun helmet , topee , sola topee , salacot or topi ) is a lightweight helmet made of cork or pith , typically from the sola (Indian swamp growth, Aeschynomene aspera or A. paludosa ) or a similar plant  , with a cloth cover, designed to shade the wearer's head from the sun . Pith helmets were once much worn by Westerners in the tropics ; today they are most frequently used in Vietnam . (The forms solar topee and solar topi are folk etymology âe"the name comes from sola , and is not etymologically connected with the sun in any way.)Contents [hide ] 1 Origins 2 Colonial period 3 Home Service helmet 4 Use during the World Wars 5 Civilian use 6 Modern survivals 7 See also Origins British Royal Marines in "Wolseley" helmets.
Crude forms of pith helmets had existed as early as the 1840s, but it was around 1870 that the pith helmet became popular with military personnel in Europe 's tropical colonies . The Franco-Prussian War had popularized the German Pickelhaube , which may have influenced the definitive design of the pith helmet. Such developments may have merged with a traditional design from the Philippines . The alternative name salacot (also written salakhoff ) appears frequently in Spanish and French sources and comes from the Tagalog word salacsac (or Salaksak). Emilio Aguinaldo and the Philippine revolutionary military used to wear the pith helmet from the Spaniards alongside the straw hat and the native salakot during the Revolution in the Philippine-American War .Originally made of pith with small peaks (bills) at the front and back, the helmet was covered by white cloth, often with a cloth band (or puggaree) around it, and small holes for ventilation. Military versions often had metal insignia on the front and could be decorated with a brass spike or ball-shaped finial. The chinstrap could be in leather or brass chain, depending on the occasion. The base material later became the more durable cork (indeed, another common Spanish name literally translates as cork helmet ), although still covered with cloth and frequently still referred to as "pith" helmets. Colonial period Pith helmet of the Second French Empire .
This form of headdress is now associated strongly with the British Empire . However, the pith helmet was used by all European colonial powers, and during the 1880s even by the United States Army  in the south west. It was commonly worn by white officers commanding locally recruited soldiers in the colonial troops of France, Britain, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Imperial Germany and the Netherlands, as well as civilian officials in their tropical territories. White troops serving in the tropics usually wore pith helmets, although on active service they were sometimes replaced by more comfortable and less conspicuous alternatives such as the wide brimmed slouch hats worn by US troops in the Philippines and by British Empire forces in the later stages of the Boer War.Home Service helmet
Parallel to the development of the sun helmet, a broadly similar helmet, of dark blue cloth over cork and incorporating a bronze spike, was adopted for military wear in non-tropical areas, although it was rarely thought of as a true "pith helmet". Modelled on the German Pickelhaube , but distinctly different, this headdress was fir...