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    Lizard Pattern F1 Cap

    Post by Easy Gee on Sun Apr 14, 2013 9:23 am

    Hi All.

    Does anyone know when these caps were introduced on the Market, this one I have been informed is dated 1988.
    Were these originally made from surplus Lizard pattern cloth, this one is made of Poly/Cotton HBT??


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    Re: Lizard Pattern F1 Cap

    Post by PedroPato on Sun Aug 11, 2013 1:42 pm

    The cloth its similar to some types used to make hunting and fishing garments by Portuguese companies but I never saw that kind o cap before.
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    Re: Lizard Pattern F1 Cap

    Post by Easy Gee on Sat Aug 17, 2013 6:53 am

    PedroPato wrote:The cloth its similar to some types used to make hunting and fishing garments by Portuguese companies but I never saw that kind o cap before.

    Many thanks for your input pedro, I read somewhere these were produced from French HBT lizard print cloth originally, this one is obviously commercial.
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    Re: Lizard Pattern F1 Cap

    Post by ripcord on Sat Aug 17, 2013 1:58 pm

    Interesting post.

    I have a few of these.  Have had them a long time and cannot remember where they came from.
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    Post by Easy Gee on Sun Aug 18, 2013 8:09 am

    ripcord wrote:Interesting post.

    I have a few of these.  Have had them a long time and cannot remember where they came from.

    Thanks for looking Sal, I got this cap from a French dealer,I knew it was commercial at the time, but thought it was a "stopgap" until I can source an original.

    I would like to see yours for comparison!
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    Re: Lizard Pattern F1 Cap

    Post by CollectinSteve on Sun Aug 18, 2013 3:22 pm

    I got my first one back in the early 1990s along with a set I used for paintball. Made from the same poly/cotton cloth as the uniform. My hat just has a tag with a size on it, nothing more. Well made too.

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    Re: Lizard Pattern F1 Cap

    Post by Easy Gee on Mon Aug 19, 2013 2:26 pm

    CollectinSteve wrote:I got my first one back in the early 1990s along with a set I used for paintball.  Made from the same poly/cotton cloth as the uniform.  My hat just has a tag with a size on it, nothing more.  Well made too.

    Steve

    Thanks for your input Steve, I agree they are well made, I would like to find an original one day ( I'm sure others would agree) but as before a good stopgap!

    Cheers,Gary.
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    Re: Lizard Pattern F1 Cap

    Post by ripcord on Mon Aug 19, 2013 2:56 pm



     







    The size and manufacturer's name data is stamped on the Bigeard cap.

    The F1 caps are identical to the cap posted by Easy Gee, but obviously the label is different.   I acquired them around '86..






    Found 4, all in different sizes, and no identifying data on any label. Also included a legit Bigeard cap, and a TAP 47/56 hood.
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    Re: Lizard Pattern F1 Cap

    Post by Easy Gee on Thu Aug 22, 2013 2:38 pm

    VERY NICE, well worth the wait Sal. Great to see the examples of these commercial caps you own, seems there are more than one manufacturer too, which I find interesting!

    I love the Bigeard, and that hood would look very nice sat on one of my Tap lids...envious you bet Cool Cool Cool 


    Thanks for adding to this mate,much appreciated;)
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    Re: Lizard Pattern F1 Cap

    Post by ripcord on Thu Aug 22, 2013 5:51 pm

    You are more than welcome Gary.
     
    The " commercial " caps must have been produced by many different makers.

    Have seen Asian copies, beside the European copies.  They are all well made,  simple , and fairly comfortable .

    I could have sworn I had some commercial Bigeard caps somewhere, but have not found them, if they even existed.  Had not bothered to look  too closely at the one I posted , and assumed it  was commercial . 

    Not until recently did I find that it is legit.    The hood is a recent acquisition and matches the Israeli TAP  reissue  perfectly .  

    All Lizard is cool....
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    Post by CollectinSteve on Fri Aug 23, 2013 12:26 am

    Yeah, those commercial sets are STILL being made. I've had probably a half dozen come through my hands in the last 20 years and they are amazingly consistent in terms of the print, the cloth, the tailoring, etc.

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    Re: Lizard Pattern F1 Cap

    Post by ripcord on Fri Aug 23, 2013 1:56 am

    Classic pattern, decent cut, well made, reasonably durable, AND relatively  cheap !!!   Not too shabby...A great uniform that should have  also been made in a lightweight cotton
         
    My only beef : weight of it's fabric. ( which  obviously contributes to its durability ).

    Have wore  out more than one pair of trousers .
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    Re: Lizard Pattern F1 Cap

    Post by Easy Gee on Sat Aug 24, 2013 6:16 am

    ripcord wrote:You are more than welcome Gary.
     
    The " commercial " caps must have been produced by many different makers.

    Have seen Asian copies, beside the European copies.  They are all well made,  simple , and fairly comfortable .

    I could have sworn I had some commercial Bigeard caps somewhere, but have not found them, if they even existed.  Had not bothered to look  too closely at the one I posted , and assumed it  was commercial . 

    Not until recently did I find that it is legit.    The hood is a recent acquisition and matches the Israeli TAP  reissue  perfectly .  

    All Lizard is cool....

    The Bigeard cap is a beauty, and as much the hood, I need to seek high and low on French ebay for similar goodies,thanks again mate;) 

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