Over the years little has been published on the American pressed fiber sun helmets, and we’ve tried to fill in the gaps. Recently an item came up for auction that should help fill in some of the blanks.
This was what appears to be a mold/press for the Hawley designed helmet. The metal is too heavy to be aluminum, but isn’t magnetic so it is likely some form of pot metal. It is heavy/strong enough for stamping of the lightweight helmets.
It would likely be one part of the process as this form has the rough outline of the faux puggaree but not all of the “fold” lines. The research will have to continue on this one, but all in all this is the first such mold/stamp press item that we’ve seen for these helmets.
As usual we invite our readers to offer any theories or insight.