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Posted 2 years ago


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I am trying to find more information on this bamboo hat/helmet that my grandfather brought home during WWII. All I know is that he was a radio operator on a PT boat and stationed around the Phillipines. Any help would be appreciated. I've been doing some Internet searches and have come up empty. Not sure if this was a military helmet, a fisherman's hat or simply something that he bought...

Thank you!

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  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago

    This site has an amazing slide show of conical hats and more!!/items/flickr-64402224

    This one is indeed from the Philippines and is termed 'Salakot'.
  2. aksohn, 2 years ago
    Thank you - it indeed does appear to be a salakot! In my searching I had seen a number of conical hats but most looked like they came to a point, where as this one didn't. Thanks again for the help - now I know that it likely isn't something that I'd bring to the Antique Roadshow and be surprised at its value. :-)

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