Grijs-Groen Katoenen Bivakmuts Model 1917 van het Koninklijk Nederlandsch-Indisch Leger

Grey-Green Cotton Side Cap Model 1917 of the Royal Netherlands East-Indies Army

In 1917 the Grijs-Groen Katoenen Bivakmuts Model 1917 (Grey-Green Cotton Side Cap Model 1917) is introduced within the Koninklijk Nederlandsch-Indisch Leger (Royal Netherlands East-Indies Army). In Dutch East-Indies military slang, the Grey-Green Cotton Side Cap Model 1917 is also called “Topi”.

The Grey-Green Cotton Side Cap Model 1917 is an extremely simple and foldable headgear that weights almost nothing.
The design of the Grey-Green Cotton Side Cap Model 1917 is of a so-called “Scottish Model” with a curved lower band. It has a height of ca. 9 cm. at the front, ca. 11 cm. at the middle and ca. 7 cm. at the end. The curved lower band has a height of ca. 4 cm.

The Grey-Green Cotton Side Cap Model 1917 is made of Grey-Green Cotton coming from Japan (1917-1918), from The Netherlands (1917-1934) and from the Dutch East-Indies in the versions “Garoet-A” (1926-1936) and “Garoet-B” (1936-1938).
Versions made of Grey-Green Cotton coming from Japan and from The Netherlands are lined with a grey fabric.

The Grey-Green Cotton Side Cap Model 1917 worn by Opperofficieren (General Officers) is at the top trimmed with a flat plated tres which is 3 mm. wide.

Sources:
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Grijs-Groen Katoenen Bivakmuts Model 1917 van het Koninklijk Nederlandsch-Indisch Leger
This example is made from Grey-Green Cotton coming from The Netherlands and is made between 1917-1934. On the grey fabric liner it is marked with a size-stamp “3” and the Stamboek Nummer (Registration Number) “19561”.
Grijs-Groen Katoenen Bivakmuts Model 1917 van het Koninklijk Nederlandsch-Indisch Leger
This example is made from Grey-Green Cotton coming from the Dutch East-Indies in the version “Garoet-B” and is made between 1936-1938. At the inside it is marked with a size-stamp “4” and the Stamboek Nummer (Registration Number) and issuing date “93197-1-1-39”.
The Registration Number 93197 belonged to Jan Thijmen Halkema.
Algemeen stamboeknummer (General Registration Number).: 93197
Naam en voornamen (Name and surname): de Halkema, Jan, Thijmen 172109000
Rang (Rank).: Fuselier (Fusilier)
Geboorteplaats (Place of birth): Wedibirit (Klater) (Soerakarta)
Uit Nederland vertrokken (Departed from the Netherlands):
Met het schip (With the ship).: 22975
Jaar (Year).:
Aanmerkingen (Comments).: Hier te lande aangenomen (Enlisted in this country)
(Source: Ministerie van Koloniën: Stamboeken en persioenregisters Militairen KNIL Oost-Indië en West-Indië. Bestanddeel 484)