In 1862, postmen were issued with a single peak shako hat. The hat was covered in a dark blue cloth with red piping, and a straight glazed peak. While the hat was great at protecting the face of the postmen, many complained that their necks were getting wet in the rain.
As a result, a double peaked shako was issued in 1896. The hat had an additional peak at the back to protect against rain. Attached to front of the shako is a 'GPO' gold gilt brass badge featuring a Tudor Crown. This hat was originally issued in 1928 to a postman called Percy Bacon from Andover.
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