Antique Mens English Bowler Hat Edwardian Derby Size Small 6 7/8
Brand Poppy's Vintage Clothing
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This is a very nice antique English bowler hat that probably dates to the late Victorian period 1890 to 1900. The Royal coat of arms that is gold stamped on the top of the lining is capped by the Prince of Wales plume, the Royal symbol used by Edward the VII while he was awaiting ascension to the throne. There is an ink stamp underneath the coat-of-arms that is illegible, but which is probably that of the retailer. 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 copper brown silk and has a leather sweatband. The opening measures about 21 1/2” in diameter around the sweatband and 7 1/2” by 6 1/8” across the opening. The crown has a height of about 5”. As mentioned, it is in very good condition with no pronounced wear, tear or soiling - there are, however, a couple of areas that are “softer”, kind of indented, but noticeable really only when inspecting by touch. Also, there are two torn areas at the seams of the lining. I’m unsure of the maker, although part of the stamped symbol is similar to Henry Heath.
Despite the minor problems, this is still a very nice Victorian era bowler hat that has survived very well!