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A fascinating Boonie hat clearly made for Air Force personnel stationed in Thailand. To the front is an excellent printed Land of the King Cobra, Takli Air Base patch, zigzag stitched and to the side an arch in multi coloured Thailand. The hat clearly early and very much in the French style, multi stitched throughout the lining is made of re-used parachute silk and interestingly there is a good clear Thai maker's stamp to the interior and a size mark of '5'. Both sides are press stud attached and there are the typical alloy oriental eyelets in place. The hat is lightly worn with some minor fading, however very presentable with no obvious fraying, press studs working correctly. The motto to the patch reads 'Land of the King Cobra', this area was invested with king cobra snakes and this air base has an interesting history stretching back to the 50's when American CAA involvement with the Thai's took place from the base and throughout the Vietnam War, we estimate this to be an early Vietnam piece, probably dating from approximately 62 when a large American presence arrived at the base.

Code: 70173 Price: 90.00 GBP

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