Sunday, 22 May 2011

Fashionable hats for gentlemen, the bowler and the homburg

Original round cardboard hat box Glasgow c1900.

A homburg is a stiff felt hat with a crease along the crown. It is popularly referred to as the 'Godfather hat', made even more popular by gangster films.  Homburgs were generally worn by upper class gents, and in America it is known as the derby.
Gilt paper label inside bowler.
The bowler hat was named after William and Thomas Bowler. It was created by James Lock the London hatters in c1850 for a farmer William Coke, thus it was also called the coke.  
Maker's name printed on silk lining inside homburg.

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