Witte Pet van het Koninklijk Nederlandsch-Indisch Leger

White Visor Cap of the Royal Netherlands East-Indies Army

The Witte Pet van het Koninklijk Nederlandsch-Indisch Leger (White Visor Cap of the Royal Netherlands East-Indies Army) is identical to the Grijs-Groen Katoenen Kwartiermuts Model 1911 (Grey-Green Cotton Visor Cap Model 1911) with the exception of the use of the fabric, which is white Russian linen or drill.

The White Visor Cap is a simple to produce smooth flat cap. The White Visor Cap 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 white borders. Between these two white 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 visor is normally made out of lacquered leather. Sometimes the underside of the visor is made out of green leather. The visor of the White Visor Cap 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 White Visor Cap has a leather sweatband installed.

On financial grounds not always a complete White Visor Cap is purchased. A Witte Pet Overtrek (White Cap Cover) could be placed on the Grey-Green Cotton Visor Cap Model 1911. Around the White Cap Cover another band have to be placed and the cockade has to be repositioned using the push button.

Sources:
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Witte Pet van het Koninklijk Nederlandsch-Indisch Leger
This is an example of a Witte Pet Overtrek (White Cap Cover) as used on the Grey-Green Cotton Visor Cap Model 1911. The White Cap Cover has a label with the initials “G. W.” of the former owner Gerard W. de Groot.