Antique Mens English Bowler Derby Hat British Manufacture Size 7 1/4
Brand Poppy's Vintage Clothing
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This is a very nice quality English bowler hat. A bowler is called a derby in the United States, but basically they are the same type of hat. The hat is made in a classic bowler/derby form with turned rim lined in grosgrain. The crown has a black grosgrain ribbon around it base. It is lined in off-white coloured satin that is printed in gold with a crown, armour helmet and text that reads “Superior Finish British Make”. The sweatband is stamped “British Manufacture”. The opening measures 22 1/2” around the sweatband and 6 1/2” by 7 7/8” across the opening, so this should fit a size 7 1/4. It is in very good condition with no wear or tear and only slight soiling to the sweatband - the sweatband is unstitched on one side , but it is staying in place, so shouldn’t cause a problem. The hat is difficult to date precisely, but I think that it dates to the 1910s or earlier.
This is a wonderful English bowler - nice to find in a larger size!