HEADGEAR OF THE GLASGOW POLICE

GLASGOW POLICE TOP HAT
This style of hat was brought into use in 1778 when the Glasgow Police was first formed. It was used again when the force re-formed in 1789 and again in 1800. It remained as the standard police hat until the early 1870's when helmets were introduced.


THE FIRST HELMET
This helmet was first introduced in the late 1860's in Scotland, and Glasgow Police adopted it in 1868. It was of a sturdy design and it had a bronze helmet badge.

1880 PATTERN HELMET
This style of helmet was of a fairly fairly common design, with a bronze badge and black rose-top. In the early 1880's, Inspectors wore this pattern of helmet but with a cloth covered vent-top. This pattern of helmet continued to be used by Glasgow Police until around 1903.

CHIEF CONSTABLE'S CEREMONIAL HELMET c.1903
Specially designed for Chief Constable James V. Stevenson around 1903, this helmet is of a very military design. It is very similar to the dress helmets of the Royal Irish Constabulary, where Mr. Stevenson had been an officer before his appointment to Glasgow Police.

1903 PATTERN HELMET
The design of this helmet was more distictive to Scotland, than the previous helmets. It was covered in smooth dark blue cloth, with six panels and a cloth band. Although the bronze helmet badge and black top were to change
over the 49 years it was worn, this helmet pattern continued in use until 1950 (dayshift) and 1952 (nightshift).

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