Cap, Service

A navy blue wool service cap that is shaped like a pillbox hat with a small and narrow peak on the front. There is a band of black ribbon around the base and loops of braid encircling a wool button in the centre of the crown. The inside is lined with red silk and a band of leather.
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This cap belonged to Major Robert Saxton Matthews, an Inglewood resident who was prominent in the military, serving in the Hawera Mounted Rifles, the South African War, the New Zealand Staff Corps and as an Assistant Quartermaster General. He retired in the 1920s and when he died in 1931 a Taranaki Herald obituary noted that "his kindly, courteous, and interesting personality will be greatly missed from this district where he has been held for many years in the very highest esteem."
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