| The final pattern of czapka was smaller in proportion
than the style that had lasted up until 1853. There were
only minor changes up to the end of the century, mostly
involving adding battle honours. The upper half of the
hat is in the white facing colour of the 17th. Flattened
gold cord runs up the front, back and sides and crosses
over the top. Under the cock feather plume is a cockade
of coiled gold bullion with Edward VII's cypher on blue
velvet in the middle. Below the white material are two
strips of gold lace with a light of blue silk between.
Below it, the lower half was made of stiffened black
patent leather decorated with 'dead' gold lace.
The gilt sunray plate on the front helps us date
the czapka. On top of the coat of arms is the
King's Crown, which is distinctly different from
the Queen's Crown that ceased to be used when
Victoria died in 1901. Beneath the coat of arms
is the Motto and around it are the battle honours,
the most recent being South Africa 1900-02.
assuming it would take some time to have the
caps altered the date for this item is from 1903
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