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Navy Dungarees and “Dixie Cup” Hat
Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History

Navy Dungarees and “Dixie Cup” Hat

Catalog #: 59878-N(4)    Accession #: 1977.0245
Credit: Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 4" H x 7.75" W x 8.5" D

Physical Description

Blue navy dungaree pants and lighter blue shirt. White cotton cap.

General History

Navy enlisted personnel wore the popular and functional denim dungarees. In 1852 a white cover was added to the soft visor-less blue cap. In 1866 a white sennet straw hat was authorized as an additional item. During the 1880's the white sailor's hat appeared as a low rolled brim item made of wedge shaped pieces of canvas. The canvas hat replaced the straw. Then the canvas was replaced by cotton as a cheaper, more comfortable material. During World War II this navy hat was dubbed the “Dixie-cup” because it resembled the paper cup of the same name.


Keywords

Country: United States
War: World War II
Service: Navy
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