This WW2 era New Zealand Army "LEMON SQUEEZER" (Known as a Lemon "Reamer" in USA) hat is circa early 1940's. OWNER NAMED to one CAPTAIN E. CONDITION = Much BETTER than most seen of this AGE, They are usually chewed-to-bits by NZ's VORACIOUS Sub-Tropical MOTHS who adore Wool-Felt materials.
SHOWS very little service-wear, despite being at least 75 years OLD. The original leather sweatband retains all original stitching. BRONZED Officer-only wear NZAPC king's crown cap badge. The "PUGGAREE" is the coloured hat band around the base of the hat. Haki indicate this to be a VERY VERY RARE New Zealand Army PAY CORPS Officer's Lemon Squeezer.ALSO comes with an (exceptionally RARE NZAPC whistle or pistol LANYARD in the highly unusual and seldom-seen YELLOW colourway) This would be very helpful if contemplating a mannequin display. SIZE = SMALL UK size 6 7/8ths = USA size 7 or Metric size 56. This is the ONLY EXAMPLE of a NZAPC lemon Squeezer that I have EVER SEEN , owned, or offered for sale = EXCEPTIONALLY RARE.
INCLUDED is the " UNOBTAINABLY RARE "whistle/pistol lanyard, that would have been worn by senior NCO or officer in the NZAPC A sidearm was likely a daily requirement even in times of peace, as back in that time? Everything was PAID IN CASH. The British army in the field including the New Zealand Expeditionary Force and other national forces was served by a vast network of supply and administrative units.These units ensured that the soldiers were fed, clothed, and supplied with all the necessaries of warfare. They plugged directly into wider supply chains, acting as a conduit between the British military system and New Zealand units. The New Zealand Army Pay Corps (sometimes Army Pay Department) issued pay to the men of the NZEF. It was attached to NZEF headquarters. In November 1918 it had one section attached to the NZEFs London headquarters (establishment of 10 officers and 49 other ranks), and another attached to the New Zealand administrative headquarters in Kasr-el-Nil Barracks, Cairo. The New Zealand Army "Lemon Squeezer" Hat type's HISTORY....... The New Zealand Army, whose uniforms have historically followed the British pattern, retain the felt campaign hat as their most visible national distinction. This headdress is distinguished by a high crown and deep indentations on all four sides. It was adopted by the Wellington Regiment about 1912 (as proposed by William Malone) and became general issue for all New Zealand units during the latter stages of World War I.
In addition to badge insignia, the different branches of service were differentiated by coloured puggarees or wide bands around the base of the crown blue and red for artillery, khaki and green for mounted rifles, khaki and red for infantry, blue for engineers, yellow for Pay Corps, khaki and white for Army Service Corps, cherry-red for the Medical Corps and maroon for the Veterinary Corps. The hat was worn to a certain extent during World War II, although often replaced by more convenient forage caps or berets. After being in abeyance since 1960, the hat was reintroduced in 1977 for ceremonial dress, where it was usually worn with a version of the khaki "no 2" service dress of the British Army.Officer cadets and the New Zealand Army Band wear this headdress with a scarlet and blue full dress uniform. In 2012 it was announced that this form of campaign hat was to be replaced for general wear by the "Mounted Rifles Hat"; a headdress resembling that of the Australian Army but without the turned-up side rim. The historic "Lemon Squeezer" has however been retained for use by honour guards and other limited categories on special formal occasions.
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The item "NEW ZEALAND Army PAY CORPS Officer CAMPAIGN HAT Lemon Squeezer WW2 Kiwi ANZAC" is in sale since Saturday, December 28, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\Great Britain\Hats & Helmets". The seller is "phillip_in_new_zealand" and is located in Auckland (aprox.
12,000 "clicks" from USA). This item can be shipped worldwide.