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    Tan Diced Balmoral/Bonnet, non MOD?

    My google fu is weak! There used to be someone making a tan/buckskin coloured bonnet, with tan/white dicing, was popular with, well buckskinners and other black powder rendezvous types, despite any evidence of that color's existence in the pre 1840 world, but I digress, Where can you find one today? I think it would compliment a new jacket that I just purchased.

    I do not want a MOD surplus bonnet, or one that remotely looks MOD, Just a nice light tan (Bison even), diced or even no dice bonnet

    Any hints?

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    Sir Robert's Highland House (USA) has both brown and fawn, white diced balmorals:

    Headwear: http://www.scotsware.com/headwear.htm

    Home Page: http://www.scotsware.com/

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    There is also this "Desert Tan" job from Pakistan:

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    http://makeakilt.com/balmoral-hats/8...moral-hat.html
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    Google "Robert Mackie bonnet"
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    Quote Originally Posted by IsaacW View Post
    Google "Robert Mackie bonnet"
    I did, and Im not sure how I feel. If they are too busy to put their colours on the website, then me contacting them to ask what colours they offer would be taking away from their already busy day :-)

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    Are a few American sellers of Mackie bonnets including J Higgins. https://www.jhiggins.net/balmorals/
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    I do not want a MOD surplus bonnet, or one that remotely looks MOD
    If you don't want the MOD look, why do you want dicing?

    The "desert tan" Balmoral from Glengarryhats.com is the one I usually wear (see below). It's not as high-quality, of course, as a Mackie bonnet. But it's still pretty good quality, especially for the price. They also have a WWI khaki colour that's a tad darker. As far as I know, they don't have a diced version in tan colours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tobus View Post
    If you don't want the MOD look, why do you want dicing?
    At its most basic level, dicing is a civilian decorative element. Granted, it was adopted by the military and today is associated almost exclusively with the military, but its roots are truly in civilian dress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luke MacGillie View Post
    At its most basic level, dicing is a civilian decorative element. Granted, it was adopted by the military and today is associated almost exclusively with the military, but its roots are truly in civilian dress.
    I seem to recall a discussion about civilian use of dicing on bonnets a long time ago, but I guess I've forgotten the details. What are the earliest examples of civilian diced bonnets that pre-date the military ones?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luke MacGillie View Post
    I did, and Im not sure how I feel. If they are too busy to put their colours on the website, then me contacting them to ask what colours they offer would be taking away from their already busy day :-)
    US Based J Higgins carries Mackie balmorals and their site shows them in both white diced brown and a lovat green diced fawn. They also offer an "option to create your unique look with hat color, pom color and dicing color"

    Balmoral Range: https://www.jhiggins.net/balmorals/

    Mix & Match: https://www.jhiggins.net/balmoral-pl...-match-colors/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tobus View Post
    If you don't want the MOD look, why do you want dicing?

    The "desert tan" Balmoral from Glengarryhats.com is the one I usually wear (see below). It's not as high-quality, of course, as a Mackie bonnet. But it's still pretty good quality, especially for the price. They also have a WWI khaki colour that's a tad darker. As far as I know, they don't have a diced version in tan colours.
    I do not mean to derail but my wool bonnet is extremely warm and impossible to wear this time of year in Texas. How is that one?

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