Tropical helmet for imperial German officials


German Historical Museum

German Historical Museum
Berlin, Germany

From the mid-19th century on, European civil servants, military and travellers from all the colonial powers wore tropical helmets made of pith and later of cork. Used extensively across all the tropical colonies, the helmets offered protection against sun and rain and rapidly became a fixture of the colonial dress code and a sign of membership of the racially defined group of rulers.


  • Title: Tropical helmet for imperial German officials
  • Date Created: 1888-1914
  • Location: London
  • Physical Dimensions: 33 x 22,7 x 30,5 cm
  • Subject Keywords: Colonialism
  • Type: Helmet
  • Rights: Deutsches Historisches Museum
  • External Link: DHM collection database
  • Medium: Cotton, leather, metal
  • Inventory no.: U 65/140

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