Naval officer's full dress cocked hat : Lieutenant G A Hill, Royal Naval Reserve
|Title||Naval officer's full dress cocked hat : Lieutenant G A Hill, Royal Naval Reserve|
|Maker||J Friedeberg (Maker)|
|Place made||United Kingdom|
|Date made||c 1909-1910|
|Physical description||Beaver; Silk; Leather; Gilded brass; Gold bullion wire|
|On display||Main building: First World War Gallery: Australia Goes To War|
Naval officers full dress black 'beaver' cocked hat lined with loosely pleated white silk and a leather sweatband. The upper edge of the hat is bordered with black silk lace woven in an oak leaf and acorn pattern. The right side bears a black silk ribbon cockade and a single twist of bright gold bullion looped around a gilded brass Royal Navy officer's button. Each end of the hat bears an inset tassel consisting of five small gold bullions mounted above five gold and five blue bullion eyes.
This naval officer's full dress cocked hat was worn by Lieutenant Gerald Ashby Hill, who served in the Royal Naval Reserve (RNR). It was worn for parade or other ceremonial occasions when full dress was required.