Posted By:Jeff Hannan
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Subject:Re: Family Member - Possibly Crimea? Update!
Post Date:December 14, 2004 at 20:36:07
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Forum:Crimean War Forum
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The hat your describing was variously known as a Kilmarnock, pillbox cap and pillbox Forage Cap; also called the "pork pie" by infantry junior ranks and was part of general uniform during the 19th century; some regiments especially the Artillery wore it up to around 1908. In some cases the band colour could denote the regiment. As for the buttons a single row of closely spaced buttons was the norm. As you also said he was sat on a cannon that would tend towards the Royal Artillery. Google for the descriptions adding 1880 to see some images.