Hamilton High School Cap: Edward Victor Simpson (1925)
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Hamilton High School cap dated 1925 which belonged to Edward Victor Simpson (1907-1962), uncle of Joan Simpson. Edward was born in Tauranga and worked as a photojournalist. His article on big game fishing appeared in a booklet; Tauranga and the Mount in 1947. He never married, and died in Hamilton on 9 August 1962. Edward was buried in Hamilton Park Cemetery. Photograph: Debbie McCauley.
The cap is made of six triangular pieces of velvet sewn together to form the crown. Three pieces are maroon and three are black. There is metallic gold edging around each triangle and the lower edge of the small half-moon peak which is made from black velvet. Around the lower edge of the cap is a 1.5cm wide metallic gold ribbon. There is a large circular metallic gold button at the top of the crown to which is attached a metallic gold tassel. “HHS” and “1925” are embroidered in gold coloured thread on the black velvet panel at the front. Inside, the cap has a gold coloured lining and a printed label with the maker name “Cox’s Hat Factory”, space for a name to be written, and the size which is 6¾ written in ink pen on the label.