A small men's military pillbox-shaped hat. The hat is made of beige-coloured wool and is trimmed with a maroon binding around the crown. There is a gold ribbon around the base made of metallic thread. The top is embellished with gold braid that has been looped in a circle around the decorative metallic centre piece. The inside is lined with red silk and has the manufacturing label printed on it but it has been partially torn off.
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This pillbox possibly 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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