Spanish Guardia Civil “tricornio”
The Civil Guard is a paramilitary organization, similar to the National Guard in the United States. That said, the Guard has always been extremely right-wing and members were great supporters of Franco. In fact, you may remember when their commander broke into the Spanish parliament and fired his pistol into the ceiling during an abortive coup shortly after King Juan Carlos was restored to the throne. This cap is the traditional black patent leather version for semi-dress occasions. It has a cork structure, which dates this particular hat to the mid-fifties. Thanks to Xavier in Barcelona for this interesting and unusual piece of headgear.