Italian Colonial Fez Hat - Italian Army Hat from Colonial Italian Libya
Italian Colonial Fez Hat
The Italian Colonial Fez Hat is an authentic wool Fez that was made during the time of Italian colonial rule in Libya. Soldiers from both Italy and locals in Libya would wear this Fez along with their units insignia. WIth the Fez appearing on Dr. Who and being an iconic hat for over a century, why not purchase one of the highest quality Fez you can find? Get an all wool Italian Army Colonial Fez!
The Italian Army Colonial Fez is an all wool red Fez with a blue pom-pom style tassel. Designed and manufactured for use during the Italian Colonial rule over Libya, these are not just one of the nicest Fez hats but are also collectible pieces of history from Italy.
There are many types of Fez hats, with the biggest difference being the height of the Fez. Based on what we have been able to research, the Italian Colonial Fez is one of the taller types of Fez hats. One reason why the Italian Colonial Fez was designed to sit high was the Italian Colonial Army put large unit insignia onto each Fez as they were issued. Whether you add insignia or not to this Fez it looks great, is well made, and is a great item for anyone interested in collecting authentic military artifacts from the Colonialist Africa era.
I got a size 57, which is a tiny bit small for my head, which limits some of the options for how to wear this silly hat. It is actually more of a zouave-type "chechia" of wine red felt with a wonderful blue yarn tassel. Wear it fully extended for a colonial Askari or Eritrean/ Somali effect. Put it on the back of the head, and crush it down a bit for a Bersaglieri off-duty cap--the Sardinian army began wearing these hats in the Crimean War thanks to the Ottoman Empire--or vary it according to one or another French or American Civil War Zouave unit. I got it so that with a bright red shield-front Western shirt I can do a "Fire Zouave" impression. With a smoking jacket, it would be just the thing for lounging around one's old-timey mansion. Could be used for any number of mannequin displays of colonial forces from the 19th through the 20th centuries.