Shako is a Hungarian military hat with a cylindrical, structured crown and a short straight visor. The crown might increase in diameter as it gains height. Further, the hat is decorated with a metal or non-metal military badge, a coat of arms, a feather, or a pom.
Shako is made from felt or leather, which gave it its shape-retentive quality and provided protection and warmth to the soldiers. Further, the visor led to greater visibility on sunny days.
Originally, Shako was worn by the shepherds in Hungary but was later on adopted as a part of the military uniform. Until the mid-19th century, Shako was a part of the uniform but went out of existence when helmets came in, which provided better head-protection.