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British Empire Pith Helmet - Khaki

Item: 001972


When the sun never sets on your empire, you'll need some proper shade. Here's the answer!

Our faithful reproduction pith helmet is in the style synonymous with British colonial and foreign service history.

Produced in Vietnam by artisans who understand the need for a good pith helmet, the body of the helmet is made from tree heart (pith) following the style of 100 years ago, and can sustain heavy sunlight as well as rainfall.

Features a khaki canvas exterior, vented roof, interior dark green shade cloth, and adjustable faux -leather sweatband. One size fits most -- the sweatband accommodates up to approximately size 7 3/8 -- but the helmet can comfortably be worn "high" on larger heads.

Also available: White Pith Helmet.

Oversized: This item is considered oversized for shipping purposes, and may incur a surcharge if expedited or shipped internationally.

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Average Rating: 4.77/5.00 stars from 71 reviews

Perfect for Adventure
I bought this on a whim and wasn’t expecting much... just a funny hat to wear to a party. But I am very impressed by the quality of this Pith Helmet. It looks and feels great. The fit is perfect (I wear a 59 cm hat). The material and build quality were spot on. Good show Historical Emporium!
Oct 5, 2018
Detroit MI
Oops. but OK...
Hi, I bought this helmet by accident. I actually wanted the safari hat. I'm buying the hat to wear while driving my hot rod roadster. I'll be ordering the correct hat soon. But, I wanted to say that everyone that I've shown the Pith Helmet to says that it's really cool and that I need to get some pinstriping on it. And, so I shall keep it and have that done. It's good quality and has the all important chin strap. You probably never thought your stuff would find a home in a hot rod, huh? Chili Phil
Apr 19, 2018
Chili Phil
Atascadero Ca
British empire pith helmet
Good construction, size really not large enough for 7 5/8, but removed sweat band and helmet fit fine
Oct 30, 2017
Manahawkin NJ
Looks awesome
Looks better than expected. I wear a 7 5/8 hat so is a little small for me. fixed that by cutting the sweat band and putting mole skin in it. Other wise great item. wonderful store, great customer service and shipping.
Oct 26, 2017
Eugene Or
Very Good
Helmet is a very good copy and better made than some others I have seen. And the price is lower than others I have seen. Well worth the money.
Sep 28, 2017
Bill Murnan
Indianapolis In
Just what I was looking for!
This British colonial era pith helmet is authentic, well made and was reasonably priced. Highly recommended.
Apr 16, 2017
Wells Ma
Let me start off by saying, I have a big head. I give this four starts, rather than five, not through any fault of it's own, but rather, that it simply does not come in my hat size (7 3/4) however, that being said, I should point out, that there is a solution for larger head sizes, and it has little to do with that horrible idea of simply wearing it higher on the head. I discovered, that the inner hat band is merely buttoned in, and if one decided to take the few minutes to unbutton it, one would find that the helmet fits the larger heads just fine, and quite comfortably, as the lining of the helmet is rather splendid. I will warn, for those with long hair, the the rivets will sometimes pull a bit upon removal of the helmet, but, proper fashion was never meant to be completely painless after all. All in all, this is exactly what I need for the "Explorer's Club" at ConDorCon.
Feb 22, 2017
Spring Valley CA
Khaki Pith Helmet
Great helmet perfect for the Australia IRONFEST this year the theme is "The Lost Worlds"
Feb 17, 2017
Lithgow NS
Exceeded Expectations
For the money, this helmet is well worth the investment. As the other reviews stated, the leather band and buckle are not of the highest quality, but for my purposes they look great. No one will even notice. My hat size is 7 3/8 so I had to cut the back off of the hat band to fit, but it still is comfortable and the fit is just right. It might be able to accommodate a couple of hat sizes more, but that would likely require removal of the whole band. The color is great and the exterior fabric is nicely stitched and stretched evenly without any pull lines. The cap at the top is fabric covered vented metal. A fantastic purchase.
Jan 22, 2016
Richardson Te
I like this helmet a lot. I would have given it 5 stars, but again, as I am finding when decorative/incidental leather work is involved with HE products, corners are cut. Leather quality and hardware (buckle, snap, etc.) could be, I'd be willing to bet, improved significantly for another $15. And I'd be glad to pay that, especially since the starting price is so reasonable. The adjusting hardware on the chin strap can be easily bent with two fingers, so I'm guessing it is meant to be ornamental and not utilitarian. Inside the crown the brown leather straps forming the web for fitting the wearer's head are linked together in the center with a fraying piece of white string--at first glance I thought it was an attachment for a price tag. As mere costume for stage or party, this is fine, and I have no complaints. But HE's clothing is of a higher caliber, one that makes it actually wearable, and that is what makes me a customer. I just wish a bit more of that ethic were applied to the accessories.
Oct 23, 2015
Great Pith Helmet
Very nice, rigid helmet. Has headband easily adjusted with attached Velcro. No complaints!
Aug 26, 2015
Pensacola FL
This pith helmet will kick your derby's a**
I had my doubts about any pith helmet for less than $70 after researching the net. I bought a shirt and vest from Historical Emporium to test the waters, and the quality and service on that order were excellent so I bought the pith helmet. It far exceeded my expectations. It is not a cheap plastic pressing, it's the real deal. The vent works, color and size are spot on. As others have noted the strap is pleather but it's good quality and you have to look very closely to tell. I'm going to replace it anyway, but truly it does not detract from a fine product. Whether you're off to the African savannah or boarding your aethership to the Red Planet you'll appreciate having this in your kit. Hats off to Gentlemen's Emporium!--ATvZ
Jul 12, 2015
Prof. August...
Pueblo Co
Exactly what I wanted
Was looking for this style pith helmet for paleontology field work. It is exactly what I was looking for: solid pith construction covered with cloth and vented. The inner head band is adjustable with Velcro fastener. Neither the head band nor chin strap is leather, but rather a vinyl type material, which is not a problem for me. Chin strap is probably not as durable / functional as leather would be, but I rarely use the chin strap. With the shape of this helmet, it is not likely to blow off in the wind anyway. I am very pleased and satisfied with this helmet and purchase. Easy, reliable transaction and fast shipping. I will buy from historical emporium again when the need arises.
Jun 25, 2015
British Empire Pith Helmet
Very happy with this helmet; it fits well and is comfortable. It will make an interestingly authentic statement as part of my steampunk explorer costume.
Feb 26, 2015
Ottawa On
The service was amazing. I live in Hawaii and it arrived in only two days. The quality is really good. I can't wait to wear it.
Feb 12, 2015
Rainbow Rider
Mililani Ha

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