Hat box used by Pasqualino Giordano to store the hat from the formal uniform of the Carabinieri, made and used circa 1900-1916. Pasqualino Giordano was born 12th July 1867 in Italy. Pasqualino entered the Carabinieri in Benevento as soon as he graduated from school, and was later made a Captain. He died 14th April 1916 as a result of an accident, he was due to become a Major, two months before his death. His daughter Mrs. Franco Giordano emigrated to Australia in 1956, bringing the uniform with her.

The characteristic hat with two points which accompanies the formal Carabinieri Uniform was popularly known as the "lucerna".

The Arma dei Carabinieri (Carabinieri) was created by King Victor Emmanuel I of Savoy, with the aim of providing the Kingdom of Sardinia with a police corps in 1814. After the unification of Italy the Carabinieri were appointed the First Force of the a newly founded Italian Army in 1861. In 2000 they became a separate branch of the Italian Armed Forces. The Carabinieri undertake both civilian police work and military work.

Physical Description

Carabinieri hat box made from red cardboard with removable lid and lined with blue and white paper. Lid has orange label on reverse side with gold text. I

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