Mystery Russian hats

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    CollectinSteve
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    Mystery Russian hats

    Post by CollectinSteve on Sat Nov 07, 2015 2:50 am

    I've had these hats in my collection for eons. I am hoping someone can give me more info on them. The MVD style hat is the oldest. I think I picked it up in 1992-95 timeframe from a dealer in San Francisco who, at the time, had some really sweet Russian stuff that he wanted too much money for. I'll start with that one:

    Urban MVD type hat. No markings inside except size.



    Next are three hats of the same physical design. I've had them for a long, long time and I think I got them all at the same time. They have three differences from a normal Soviet/Russian hat. First, they have no vent holes on either side. Second, they fold lengthwise and not front to back as usual. Third, no markings other than size.





    I forgot to take a close up of the VSR type.





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    Re: Mystery Russian hats

    Post by koalorka on Tue Nov 17, 2015 3:03 pm

    Great stuff Steve.

    The first cap may not necessarily be an MVD piece. I've seen a BDU style uniform made in a reversible format with the same exact woodland camouflage, I think someone on Red Alliance owns it and it came out of Serbia.

    It had some unusual features so it may have been a hunting suit.

    The other 3 caps are the regular Afghanka style caps, just to made much less rigorous standards in the post-Soviet days. Most likely Ukrainian made, the third cap has a pattern that's similar to a very early Uzbek variation of Butane I've seen.
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    Re: Mystery Russian hats

    Post by CollectinSteve on Wed Nov 18, 2015 1:45 am

    Thanks for the info! That first hat is the biggest mystery to me. I don't think Serbia is even remotely a possibility since the civil war was in full force when I picked this up and therefore Serbia (then still Yugoslavia) was a bit preoccupied with making stuff for themselves. Generally in old JNA styles, not the new Russian styles. Commercial is, of course, a possibility. There was quite a lot of that going on at at the time.

    I'm curious about the Uzbek pattern. I don't have a record of that one!

    Steve


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