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Italian Mystery Hat (Military Band) ?

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Hello Hello!

A black peaked hat with gold cord detailing around the beak, the front bears an embroidered patch of a seven flame grenade (of red/burgundy fabric and gold cord) with a lyre in the centre of the grenade, the left and right side have a single gilt button with a lyre in the centre. The inside of the hat is marked with "1836 Simoncini Uniformi Berretti Guarnizioni _____ Bolgnizo PALERMO". I haven't found anything about the maker online. If anyone could refer me to an Italian Uniform specialist that would also be great!! It also came with a white/cream coloured cover. 

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Civilian band hat, the flaming grenade is a mix between Carabinieri & Bersaglieri style...

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My guess is that this was worn by a member of a Marching Band in Sicily, of the type that is seen in Easter parades in Palermo and elsewhere. Many of them wear quasi military uniforms. Google >palermo "Corpo Bandistico"< and you will see many photographs of such bands.

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Hello ,miles.forumcomunnity. net is a Italian forum of militaria ,the best that I know .

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