Grijs-Groen Katoenen Kwartiermuts Model 1911 van het Koninklijk Nederlandsch-Indisch Leger

Grey-Green Cotton Visor Cap Model 1911 of the Royal Netherlands East-Indies Army

In 1911, by Royal Decree No. 128 of the 3rd of August 1911 and Governmental Decree No. 35 of the 21st of September 1911 the Grijs-Groen Katoenen Kwartiermuts Model 1911 (Grey-Green Cotton Visor Cap Model 1911) is introduced within the Koninklijk Nederlandsch-Indisch Leger (Royal Netherlands East-Indies Army).

The Grey-Green Cotton Visor Cap Model 1911 is a simple to produce smooth flat cap. The Grey-Green Cotton Visor Cap Model 1911 has a broad stiff tightened fabric bottom and a rigid edge with a height of 5.5 cm.. All around the rigid edge, at the top and at the bottom, there are two grey-green borders. Between these two grey-green borders there is for:

Manschappen (Troops): a grey-green cotton band of 4,5 cm. wide, often with a fish bone pattern. At the front, centered, there is a round metal cockade with a diameter of 22,5 mm. with an orange base surrounded by three golden galons.
Onderofficieren (Non-Commissioned Officers): a grey-green cotton band of 4,5 cm. wide, often with a fish bone pattern. At the front, centered, there is a round silk cockade with a diameter of 22,5 mm. with an orange base surrounded by three golden galons.
Subalterne Officieren (Junior Officers): a band of black silk decorated with a "W" pattern of 4,5 cm. wide. Below the band there is a gold piping of 3 mm. wide. At the front, centered, there is a round silk cockade with a diameter of 22,5 mm. with an orange base surrounded by three golden galons.
Hoofdofficieren (Field Officers): a band of black silk decorated with a "W" pattern of 4,5 cm. wide. Above and below the band there is a gold piping of 3 mm. wide. At the front, centered, there is a round silk cockade with a diameter of 22,5 mm. with an orange base surrounded by six golden galons.
Opperofficieren (General Officers): a band of black silk decorated with a "W" pattern of 4,5 cm. wide. Above and below the band there is a gold piping of 3 mm. wide. At the front, centered, there is a round silk cockade with a diameter of 22,5 mm. with an orange base surrounded by six golden galons.

The cockade is officially attached by means of a push button, but sometimes the cockade is sewn onto the band.

The main body of the Grey-Green Cotton Visor Cap Model 1911 is made of Grey-Green Cotton coming from The Netherlands (1911-1936), from Japan (1917-1918) or from the Dutch East-Indies. The production in the Dutch East-Indies can be split in three phases: the first phase is the initial production in the Landsgevangenis te Cheribon (Stateprison of Cheribon) (1926-1936), the second phase is the production of an improved fabric in the Stateprison of Cheribon (1936-1938) and the last phase is the production by the N.V. Preanger Bontweverij in Garoet of a fabric designated as “Garoet B” (1938-1942).

The visor is normally made out of lacquered leather. Sometimes the underside of the visor is made out of green leather. Troops and Non-Commissioned Officers versions of the Grey-Green Cotton Visor Cap Model 1911 exist however with a visor totally made out of Grey-Green Cotton.
The visor of the Grey-Green Cotton Visor Cap Model 1911 as used by General Officers is on top decorated by oak leaves made of gilded bowed metal.

The chinstrap is made out of lacquered saddle leather and equipped with a gold plated buckle and a slide passant. The chinstrap is attached to the main body by means of two gold plated buttons. These buttons can be equipped with an image of the Dutch lion.

The Grey-Green Cotton Visor Cap Model 1911 has a leather sweatband installed.

Sources:
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Grijs-Groen Katoenen Kwartiermuts Model 1911 van het Koninklijk Nederlandsch-Indisch Leger
This example of a Grijs-Groen Katoenen Kwartiermuts Model 1911 (Grey-Green Cotton Visor Cap Model 1911) is a Troop version made from Grey-Green Cotton coming from the Stateprison of Cheribon in the period 1936-1938. A metal support ring is present in the main body. The underside of the visor is made of green leather and the lining is made of green fabric. A maker stamp is present in red ink, but it is no longer readable. A “7” is also stamped.
Grijs-Groen Katoenen Kwartiermuts Model 1911 van het Koninklijk Nederlandsch-Indisch Leger
This example of a Grijs-Groen Katoenen Kwartiermuts Model 1911 (Grey-Green Cotton Visor Cap Model 1911) is a Field Officer version made from Grey-Green Cotton coming from the Stateprison of Cheribon in the period 1926-1936. A maker stamp is present in ink, but it is no longer readable. The leather sweatband is marked with “WARRANTED EXTRA FINE QUALITY”. Unusual is the black silk around the orange center of the cockade.